A group of black business, labor and church leaders is urging commissioner Fay Vincent to reject the proposed sale of the Seattle Mariners to a Japanese-led group.
The purchased would be 60 percent-financed by Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Kyoto.
The Seattle Core Group opposes the deal because it says Nintendo of America Inc., which has its headquarters in suburban Redmond, Wash., discriminates against minorities.
In another development on the question of Mariners ownership, Philadelphia Phillies managing partner Bill Giles said he might vote to accept the Japanese-led group. Giles has been a staunch opponent of foreign investment in baseball, but said that if no other potential owners come forward, he will probably vote to approve the group headed by Yamauchi.