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STILL A RAY OF HOPE? NAIMOLI DISAPPOINTED WITH TAMPA CROWDS

          Devil Rays Managing General Partner Vince Naimoli said
     Friday that attendance at Tropicana Field "is running well
     below projections and could impact the team's ability to
     eventually compete for a championship," according to Joe
     Henderson of the TAMPA TRIBUNE.  Through Friday, the Devil
     Rays were averaging 31,455 a game, and Naimoli said that the
     team had "projected an average of about" 36,000 a game. 
     Naimoli had "remained optimistic" despite low early season
     numbers, but said Friday that "frustration is starting to
     get to him as the numbers haven't significantly improved." 
     Thursday's crowd of 27,017 for the Mariners was
     "particularly galling" to Naimoli, since it was the Devil
     Rays' first home game in two weeks, and the Mariners are a
     one very popular team.  Naimoli: "I'm very, very surprised
     and very, very disappointed" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/30).  
          IS THE MARKET THERE? In Tampa, Martin Fennelly wrote
     that the Devil Rays' sellout streak "began and ended on
     Opening Day."  Fennelly: "By all standards of expansion
     fever, the Rays have been running cold.  Even the Marlins
     drew three million fans their first season.  Weren't we
     supposed to be a better market?" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/30).

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