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Volume 24 No. 156
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STEINBRENNER SAYS MLB EXPANSION IS ON THE FAST TRACK

     Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, who serves on MLB's
expansion committee, indicated that "optimism about expansion was
warranted": "I told you [Acting MLB Commissioner Bud] Selig had it
on a fast track, and believe me, you're not going to believe how
fast that track is."  Sen. Connie Mack said he would not back off
his support of legislation that revoke MLB's anti-trust exemption
unless MLB promises an expansion team for Tampa Bay.  Vince
Naimoli, head of the Tampa expansion effort:  "I'm always
extremely encouraged to hear of things like that.  I know Mr.
Steinbrenner has been a very vocal advocate and supporter of our
area getting major league baseball and I continue to appreciate
everything he does for us" (David Dahl, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
1/13).