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GIANTS GO TO BAT FOR CORPORATE SPONSOR CHEVRON OVER BILL

          The MLB Giants "have stepped up to the plate for
     Chevron," a longtime corporate partner, asking S.F. Mayor
     Willie Brown and the Board of Supervisors "to oppose
     proposed legislation that seeks to break Big Oil's control
     over local prices," according to Rachel Gordon of the S.F.
     EXAMINER.  Giants President Peter Magowan sent a letter to
     "numerous" City Hall offices last week expressing his
     concern, saying the proposal was poised to attack "one of
     San Francisco's oldest and most significant community
     assets, Chevron."  Supervisor Michael Yaki, the chief
     sponsor of the legislative proposal, said he told the Giants
     that "they're meddling in public policy in which they have
     no expertise."  But Chevron Public Affairs Manager William
     Steele said that he wasn't surprised by the Giants' move:
     "We've been the largest advertiser with the Giants for
     years."  Steele added that Chevron and the Giants recently
     struck a 10-year advertising and marketing deal for the
     team's new Pacific Bell Park, set to open in 2000.  The pact
     is worth about $17M (Rachel Gordon, S.F. EXAMINER, 6/6).

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