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ROYALS BOARD ENDORSES PRENTICE BUT SAYS HE NEEDS MORE LOCALS

          Royals directors yesterday "all but anointed" N.Y.
     business exec Miles Prentice as the next owner of the team,
     but also said his $75M bid must be composed of at least 50%
     local financing, according to Charles Crumpley of the K.C.
     STAR.  While the board did not eliminate other bidders,
     Royals President Michael Herman said, "The board is
     challenging the citizens of Kansas City to step up to the
     plate and support the Prentice bid."  Crumpley reports that
     Prentice's bid "has cleared contract negotiations," and that
     the deal will be signed "as soon as" he hits the 50% level. 
     Prentice "would not say how close is to that level, other
     than to say he's close."  In a meeting with the STAR
     yesterday, Prentice said he was "surprised" about the 50%
     requirement and that he hadn't heard about it until
     yesterday.  Royals spokesperson Rob Merritt said that the
     50% amount was disclosed to bidders in May.  The mixup
     "apparently was a misunderstanding."  Meanwhile, the Lamar
     Hunt-Western Resources group "has been working behind the
     scenes to try to boost" its bid (K.C. STAR, 8/21). 
          IS BRETT IN? In K.C., Jeffrey Flanagan writes that
     George Brett "may wind up part of" Prentice's group.  Brett:
     "It's possible.  We've talked several times. ... We've
     discussed several scenarios" (K.C. STAR, 8/21).
          SMOKE AND MIRRORS? In K.C., columnist Jason Whitlock
     writes that the Royals board "would still be more
     comfortable selling the team to Hunt-Western or even [Royals
     Chair] David Glass. ... I think if Herman and the board had
     not endorsed Prentice's bid, the board risked Prentice
     dropping out of the bidding process.  That would have given
     Hunt-Western too much leverage" (K.C. STAR, 8/21).  But
     columnist Joe Posnanski writes, "This thing has gone on long
     enough -- too long.  Prentice is here, he's willing, he's
     passionate, he's played fair, and he's earned this. 
     Everybody had their chance. ... If he can get the local
     investors, he should get the team" (K.C. STAR, 8/21).
          
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