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Published June 24, 1998
NO KING GEORGE HERE: In K.C., a source close to George and Bobby Brett discounted a report in Tuesday's K.C. STAR that said the Bretts turned down an offer to join the Lamar Hunt-Western Resources bid for the Royals, in part because the group wouldn't agree to appoint George Brett the team's president and MLB rep: "What's really preposterous is the notion that George would want to be the official rep to major-league baseball. Can you imagine George wanting to show up at all these league meetings, briefcase in hand, wanting to sit next to the George Steinbrenners and the Ted Turners and the Jerry Reinsdorfs?" (K.C. STAR, 6/24). BILLS DUE: The Bills "are barely halfway" toward reaching their goal of $11M in luxury seat sales, and are expressing "disappointment" that Rochester-area businesses are standing on the sidelines. Bills VP/Operations Bill Munson and Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Mooney were scheduled to meet with area media yesterday to drum up support. The Bills have until December 1 to reach their $11M goal. So far, they have secured $5.4M "in paid- up revenue" (Rochester DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 6/23). NOTES: Yesterday, the A's drew a season-high 45,169 for their interleague game against the Giants (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/24). Both teams, in conjunction with Fox Sports Bay Area and JCPenney, will award 30,000 tickets this summer to students with perfect attendance (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/24). ...In Chicago, "several dozen bus loads" of Indians fans helped the Cubs draw 39,006 on Wednesday. Cubs 1B Mark Grace: "They have kind of a cult following like Deadheads" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/24)....In Miami, Marlins fan Jan Bohan has set up a program called "Fans for Kids" to distribute unused Marlins tickets to children. Bohan said she grew "sick of the negativity" surrounding the team and wanted to see kids use the ducats (MIAMI HERALD, 6/24)....In Denver, Vicki Michaelis reports that the Clippers "have shifted from their earlier stance of making" Mike Bibby the top pick in tonight's NBA Draft. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling met with Bibby's agent, David Falk, on Tuesday, and league sources said that the meeting "made Sterling more mad than anything." Michaelis: "Falk no doubt reminded Sterling of his considerable influence in the NBA" (DENVER POST, 6/24).