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BALLPARK SUPPORTER CRITICIZES BROCHU, EXPOS STADIUM EFFORT

          One of the Expos' ballpark project's "high-profile
     promoters has cast aspersions on Expos president Claude
     Brochu and on the near-impenetrable veil of secrecy
     surrounding the project he was recruited to sell," according
     to Stephanie Myles of the Montreal GAZETTE.  In a radio
     interview, Jean Coutu said, "I think Brochu is a very good
     administrator, but maybe he should step aside and let
     someone else promote the project."  Brochu would not
     comment.  Coutu joined the Expos' ballpark effort in March,
     but he now says he is "no longer active in the project." 
     Coutu: "It's excessively difficult to put that good name we
     [he and the other businessmen assisting in the ballpark
     push] have into something we don't understand ourselves. 
     Who will own the stadium?  We don't even know.  It smells a
     bit like what went on in Quebec City with the Nordiques." 
     Coutu: "They haven't known how to sell it to business,
     government and the fans."  Meanwhile, the Expos have invited
     members of the business community to accompany them to
     Baltimore today to tour Camden Yards (GAZETTE, 8/19).  

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