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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Millions in cash found to support Selig & his relatives in more Arizona spring training

Valley baseball fans could soon be breaking out their Dodger Blue and Chief Wahoo shirts.
  • The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority now says the agency has found enough money to fund both Goodyear's and Glendale's requests for spring training facilities that would open in 2009.
A recommendation is expected to go to the eight-member sports authority board on Thursday that would give more than $50 million to Glendale to build a two-team facility for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox, who currently play spring ball in Tucson.
  • "We'll be able to achieve what's good for the Cactus League: the Dodgers and the Indians coming to Arizona," said Larry Landry, chairman of the authority board.
Both teams train in Florida. Funding both proposals would expand the state's Cactus League to 14 teams, 15 if the White Sox find a replacement team for Pima County, as their contract requires. from the Arizona Republic, 12/19/06
  • The western area lost a great deal of money during the so-called World Baseball Classic, so this would help some of the starving owners. (sm) The casino ad adjoining this story was not intended to appear here-it was in the newspaper & I haven't been able to get it out. (sm)

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