MARLINS PRESIDENT WON'T BE A GRINCH; HE'S STILL SMILIN'
Marlins President Don Smiley said that he "still
expects to buy the team from" Owner Wayne Huizenga but
admitted that he is "tinkering with his strategy," according
to Antonio Fins of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. Smiley
said that "he is ready to drop his original strategy of
seeking to piece together a group of as many as 30 investors
each pitching" in $5M. Smiley: "I thought the business
community would step up in a more significant way." Smiley
said that he was still talking to members of The Ackerley
Group, headed by Sonics Owner Barry Ackerley, one day after
it said it wasn't interested in being part of a group bid
(Antonio Fins, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 12/19).