OWNERSHIP GROUP -- Headed by Robert E. Rich Jr., president of the Class AAA Buffalo Bisons, Class AA Wichita Wranglers, Class A Niagara Falls Rapids. Group includes at least 15 members.
STADIUM -- Pilot Field capacity would increase from 20,900 seats to 41,530 under final phase of expansion.
METROPOLITAN POPULATION -- 32nd, 1,174,500.
TELEVISION MARKET -- 38th.
NEIGHBORING TEAMS -- Toronto, 100 miles.
PUBLIC SUPPORT -- Class AAA Bisons have exceeded one million in paid attendance each of the last three seasons. Season-ticket base of 9,000.
STRENGTHS -- Rich is known and respected at baseball's highest levels. . . . Pilot Field.
OBSTACLES -- Small television market . . . Large number of teams in Northeast. . . . Concerns over financial stability.
OWNERSHIP GROUP -- Michael Monus and John Antonucci of Youngstown, Ohio, are the principal general partners. Steve Ehrhart, a Denver native who lives in Memphis, Tenn., also is involved. Ehrhart was an investor in Memphis franchise in United States Football League.
STADIUM -- Passed a referendum to build a stadium if an expansion franchise is awarded. Mile High Stadium, home of the NFL Denver Broncos, would be an interim site.
METROPOLITAN POPULATION -- 21st, 1,861,300.
TELEVISION MARKET -- 19th.
NEIGHBORING TEAMS -- Kansas City, 500 miles.
PUBLIC SUPPORT -- Denver Zephyrs of the American Association draw 300,000 to 400,000.
STRENGTHS -- Virgin territory for baseball, which has no team in Mountain Time Zone. . . . Market size . . . Widespread perception baseball "owes" city a franchise. . . . Funds for new stadium.
OBSTACLES -- Unproven support at turnstiles . . . Limited drawing area . . . Lack of a major local player in ownership group.
OWNERSHIP GROUP: Headed by Blockbuster Video chairman Wayne Huizenga, part owner of NFL Dolphins and Joe Robbie Stadium.
STADIUM: Plan to accommodate Joe Robbie Stadium for baseball.
METROPOLITAN POPULATION: 10th, 2,954,100.
TELEVISION MARKET: 15th.
NEIGHBORING TEAMS: Atlanta, 600 miles.
PUBLIC SUPPORT: Miami Miracle of Class A Florida State League have had moderate success.
STRENGTHS: Huizenga is close friends with Pittsburgh Pirates president Carl Barger, a member of the board at Blockbuster Video . . . Large untapped market.
DISADVANTAGES: Competition from other Florida cities . . . Feasibility of converting Robbie Stadium to baseball.
OWNERSHIP GROUP -- Headed by Richard DeVos, president of the Amway Corp.
STADIUM -- Have passed resort tax legislation to free construction funds if a team is awarded.
METROPOLITAN POPULATION -- 43rd, 934,700.
TELEVISION MARKET -- 25th.
NEIGHBORING TEAMS -- Atlanta, 400 miles.
PUBLIC SUPPORT -- Have 4,000 commitments for major league season tickets. Class AA Orlando franchise has not drawn well.
STRENGTHS -- Tremendous growth potential in conjunction with Disney World expansion . . . Spring training history. . . . DeVos has deep pockets.
OBSTACLES -- Late entry to expansion field. . . . Unproven baseball support. . . . Competition from other Florida cities.
OWNERSHIP GROUP -- Headed by Washington, D.C., attorney Stephen Porter and Joel Schur, who own the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Class A Florida State League. Roy Disney of Los Angeles, nephew of Walt Disney, also in group.
STADIUM -- Suncoast Dome seats 43,000. Needs $20-30 million investment to ready for baseball.
METROPOLITAN POPULATION -- 19th, 1,965,100.
TELEVISION MARKET -- 17th.
NEIGHBORING TEAM -- Atlanta, 500 miles.
PUBLIC SUPPORT -- Have 22,697 deposits of $50 for major league season tickets. Customarily leads Florida State League in attendance.
STRENGTHS -- Market size and potential . . . Proven support . . . Increased visibility with attempt to lure White Sox. . . . Spring training history.
OBSTACLES -- Dome defies expansion criteria. . . . Ownership group picked by NL was not perceived locally as the area's strongest . . . Competition from other Florida cites.
OWNERSHIP GROUP -- Headed by John Akridge, a developer who unsuccessfully pursued the purchase and relocation of the Montreal Expos. Includes Sugar Ray Leonard.
STADIUM -- RFK, home of the Redskins, remains the only option.
METROPOLITAN POPULATION -- 7th, 3,500,000 million.
TELEVISION MARKET -- 9th.
NEIGHBORING TEAM -- Baltimore, 37 miles.
PUBLIC SUPPORT -- 15,000 season-ticket commitments.
STRENGTHS -- Political connections. . . . Market size.
OBSTACLES -- Has twice lost major league teams . . . Proximity to Baltimore. . . . Redskins are primary tenants at RFK Stadium, which goes against baseball's expansion criteria.