Group Created with Sketch.
Volume 24 No. 160

Franchises

          In Toronto, Blue Jays season-ticket sales are expected
     to be around 22,000, "about the same or up slightly from
     last year."  The team sold 26,000 season tickets when it won
     back-to-back World Series in '92 and '93.  The team also
     does not expect to sell out its home opener (Toronto GLOBE &
     MAIL, 3/19)....In Cleveland, the Browns announced that more
     than 7,000 premium seats have been sold at the new stadium
     (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 3/19)....In Montreal, Canadiens
     officials "admitted yesterday that within the next year or
     two," the team could get an alternate third jersey (Montreal
     GAZETTE, 3/19)....Brewers Manager Phil Garner, on the White
     Sox: "We're not an event to them.  See, that's the other
     reason I don't like them.  [White Sox Owner Jerry] Reinsdorf
     sits in his ivory tower down there and he thinks his crap
     rolls into Milwaukee.  They look down on us.  That's the
     bottom line.  I don't like that" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/19).


          The Ravens and Western Maryland College reached a five-
     year deal to hold the Ravens' summer training camp at the
     campus through 2001, according to Sheridan Lyons of the
     Baltimore SUN.  The deal includes improvements to fields and
     facilities at the campus, with the Ravens paying "about two-
     thirds of the cost."  Ravens Dir of Information Robert Eller
     said the improvements will cost the team about $250,000
     (Baltimore SUN, 3/19).  

          The Angels are tagging the '97 season as their
     "Breakthrough Season," but according to Mark Tomaszewski of
     the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, "longtime baseball fans might
     prefer another slogan: 'Going, going, gone.'"  Tomaszewski
     notes that the Angel Wing cheerleaders, the "high-volume
     sound effects" and the brass bands on the dugouts will all
     be gone for the upcoming season.  Last season, Anaheim
     Sports Inc. added several entertainment components "that
     were jarring to baseball traditionalists" following Walt
     Disney purchasing controlling interest of the team.  Angels
     Dir of Comm. Bill Robertson notes after an offseason of
     study, the team "decided to tone down the non-baseball
     activities."  Robertson: "From what our fans tell us, they
     prefer to watch the baseball game. ... We'll have better
     control of the entertainment to keep our loyal fans and
     season-ticket base happy" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/19).