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Archives: June 4-10, 2006

Archives: June 4-10, 2006 Osceola County wooing Indians Posted June 9, 2006 A proposal to have the Cleveland Indians shift their spring-training base to Disney World seems to be picking up some steam, with the Indians speaking highly of the potential move and Winter Haven officials saying they’ll do nothing to stand in the way. […]

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Archives: May 21-27, 2006

Archives: May 21-27, 2006 Selig rules out contraction Posted May 26, 2006 Commissioner Bud Selig says there’s no chance baseball will contract two teams and that he never raised the issue in discussions with Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty about a new Minnesota Twins ballpark in downtown Minneapolis’s Warehouse District. We believe Selig is being totally […]

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Archives: May 14-20, 2006

Archives: May 14-20, 2006 Lerner group plans RFK ‘grand reopening’ Posted May 19, 2006 After receiving unanimous approval from MLB owners to purchase the Washington Nationals for $450 million, the Lerner/Kasten ownership moved quickly to establish good relations with fans by announcing a grand reopening of RFK Stadium. From the time the Nationals began playing […]

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Archives: May 7-13, 2006

Archives: May 7-13, 2006 Baseball card industry begins remarketing to lost generation Posted May 12, 2006 It’s no secret the baseball-card industry is in the doldrums, now a tenth of what it was in 1992 in terms of revenues. In theory, it should be the opposite: the presence of online services like eBay should be […]

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Archives: April 30-May 6, 2006

Archives: April 30-May 6, 2006 Marlins bill dies when Florida Legislature adjourns Posted May 6, 2006 The Florida legislative session ended last night with the Florida Senate passing a $2-million-per-year tax rebate for the Florida Marlins, but the measure failed when the legislative session ended and the Florida House lacked time to pass the measure. […]

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Archives: April 23-29, 2006

Archives: April 23-29, 2006 Senate throws curve at Twins ballpark proposal Posted April 28, 2006 Sen. Steve Kelley surprised many in the Senate Tax Committee by abandoning his previous sponsorship of a 0.15 percent sales tax (excluding food, clothes and medicine) to help pay for a new $522 million Minnesota Twins ballpark in downtown Minneapolis’s […]

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Archives: April 16-22, 2006

Archives: April 16-22, 2006 Twins ballpark passes key committee, moves on to full House Posted April 21, 2006 The Minnesota House Tax Committee passed a bill allowing Hennepin County to issue a 0.15 sales tax (excluding food, medicine and clothing) without a referendum to help pay for a new Minnesota Twins ballpark in downtown Minneapolis’s […]

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Archives: April 9-15, 2006

Archives: April 9-15, 2006 New Mets ballpark deal is stalled Posted April 14, 2006 If the New York Mets didn’t anticipate this happening, they haven’t paid attention to the history of New York City politics over the last 200 or so years. The team and local Queens political figures are at loggerheads over how the […]

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Archives: April 2-8, 2006

Archives: April 2-8, 2006 Looks nice, but at what price? Posted April 7, 2006 The Chicago Cubs will unveil changes to Wrigley Field today. The most dramatic: the expansion of the famed bleachers, including the addition of reserved seating at $54 a pop. The expansion of the bleachers will slightly harm some views from the […]

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Archives: March 19-25, 2006

Archives: March 19-25, 2006 San Antonio officials get an invite Posted March 24, 2006 As the Florida Marlins continue discussing a possible relocation to San Antonio, owner Jeffrey Loria has decided to watch his team’s regular-season opener with seven of the city’s most influential politicians. San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, […]

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Archives: March 12-18, 2006

Archives: March 12-18, 2006 D.C. ballpark to debut without retail Posted March 17, 2006 If a new D.C. ballpark is completed as scheduled in March 2008, fans attending games during the opening season should not expect to stop at a restaurant outside the ballpark, shop at a boutique or walk along a pier on the […]

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Archives: March 5-11, 2006

Archives: March 5-11, 2006 New Twins ballpark would memorialize Puckett Posted March 10, 2006 This goes beyond crass. As Minnesotans prepare for a memorial service for the late Kirby Puckett Sunday night at the Metrodome, Twins officials apparently are already tying construction of a new ballpark to Puckett, floating ideas like naming the ballpark after […]

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