NEW YORK, JAN. 22 -- Philadelphia Phillies President Bill Giles, recently appointed to replace Houston Astros owner John McMullen on the National League Expansion Committee, says sharing expansion money with the American League is out, non-negotiable as far as he's concerned.
The AL wants the NL to split part of the $190 million it will receive from the two, as yet unnamed franchises that will begin play in 1993. Giles has been among the more outspoken NL owners who oppose any sharing.
"As far as I'm concerned it isn't" negotiable, he said. "But certainly the American League has the right to speak their piece. . . .
"I just feel that there's no precedent or logic for it. It's always been kept within the leagues. The league in which you expand is always going to be hurt initially because attendance will suffer some because the expansion cities will not draw well."
A majority of the American League clubs must approve the two National League expansion cities, so the AL could block expansion by the NL if it wants to. Three-quarters of the NL owners must approve the expansion cities.
McMullen left the expansion committee because he is trying to sell the Astros. The committee is headed by Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Douglas Danforth, and New York Mets President Fred Wilpon is the other member.
The finalists for the two franchises are Washington; Buffalo; Denver; Miami; Orlando, Fla.; and St. Petersburg, Fla. The expansion committee is to spend two days in each of the cities next month.
"I've gone through the expansion thing from both sides," said Giles, who was public relations director and traveling secretary of the Houston Colt .45s (now the Astros) in 1962, the team's first year. "I know what's necessary from the expansion end. Plus I've built a number of stadiums."
Giles was involved in the planning for Colt Stadium and the Astrodome in Houston and Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.