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SCHOTT BALLPARK INVOLVEMENT COULD LEAD TO MLB EXTENDING BAN

          Reds Owner Marge Schott's "latest appearance" in
     Cincinnati's ballpark debate "has accelerated" MLB's
     scrutiny and "could lead to an extension of her suspension
     in the next few weeks, preventing her from ever running the
     Reds again," according to Geoff Hobson of the CINCINNATI
     ENQUIRER.  A source close to MLB said the league doesn't
     want her involvement putting a deal for a Reds ballpark in
     "jeopardy."  Another lengthy suspension of Schott could run
     through the expiration of the team's general partnership,
     which expires at the end of 2000.  Last week, Schott said
     that she preferred the city's Broadway Common spot for a new
     park, while discussions with the team and Hamilton County
     were centered on the site known as the Wedge.  But a source
     close to the ballpark talks said a deal on the Wedge site
     could come "as soon as next week."  The county is reportedly
     "confident" that Schott would sign the MOU, but it is
     "unsure it can move forward with the project if she doesn't
     sign" it (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/17).  County Commissioner
     Tom Neyer: "I know our attorneys are discussing with (Reds')
     attorneys the nature of the participating signatories.  We
     expect Mrs. Schott to be an enthusiastic participant" (Geoff
     Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/18).

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