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MLB TEAM NOTES: VA CONTINUES TO KEEP ITS EYE ON THE EXPOS

          A Northern VA group is "prepared to start talks" with
     the Expos about moving the team to the Washington, DC area,
     assuming that the team "cannot win financing" for a new
     Montreal ballpark, according to Maske & Lipton of the
     WASHINGTON POST.  Expos President Claude Brochu said that he
     has "not spoken directly" with VA Baseball Club Chair
     William Collins about a possible sale, but added that he "is
     aware" of the group's interest.  Gabe Paul, Exec Dir of the
     VA Baseball Stadium Authority, said that the group "hopes to
     choose" three or four possible stadium sites "by summer's
     end."  The state is also testing lottery games this summer
     to "see if they can raise" the $14M a year needed to help
     build a ballpark (Maske & Lipton, WASHINGTON POST, 5/30).
          TEAM NOTES: Saturday's Braves-Cubs game drew 39,817 to
     Wrigley Field, the Cubs' largest crowd of the season
     (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/31)....This weekend's Red Sox-Yankees
     series drew 200,244, the most for a four-game series at
     Yankee Stadium since '85 (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/1)....In N.Y.,
     Dunstan Prial writes that investors "are expected to be
     eager" for this week's Indians IPO, "[d]espite signs that
     the IPO market is running low on gas" (WALL STREET JOURNAL,
     6/1)....Yesterday's White Sox-Tigers Beanie Baby Day game in
     Detroit drew 27,200, and in Detroit, Tom Gage writes that
     some in the crowd "turned around and left right" after
     receiving their Beanie Baby (DETROIT NEWS, 6/1).
          BATTLE OF THE MEDIA TITANS: In CA, Steve Bisheff graded
     the performance of Disney's Anaheim Sports under the header,
     "Disney Fails To Make Grade, Good Decisions."  Comparing
     Disney's performance to that of Fox, Bisheff wrote Disney
     "is more concerned with the money line," while Fox "seems
     more concerned with the winning line" (ORANGE COUNTY
     REGISTER, 5/31).  Dodgers President Bob Graziano was
     profiled by Barbara Kingsley of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. 
     Kingsley wrote that while Graziano "has been called a
     glorified payroll clerk" for Fox, he "is running the show"
     (Barbara Kingsley, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/30). 

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