Airline backs expansion team

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America West Airlines, Phoenix, said it will invest $5 million for 5% of equity in the new Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. America West will become the official airline, including airline sponsorship in all media, signage at the stadium and aircraft advertising for the team, which begins play in the 1998 season. The airline already sponsors the Phoenix Suns basketball and Arizona Cardinals football franchises. Team One Advertising, El Segundo, Calif., handles.

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