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  • NEW NAME FOR RIVERFRONT? CITY AND COUNTY SPAR OVER RIGHTS

         Officials from the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
    both want the right to sell a corporate sponsorship of Riverfront
    Stadium.  On Monday, City Councilman Nick Vehr filed a motion
    that the city should consider selling Riverfront's naming rights
    and use the revenue to renovate Riverfront or help fund a new
    facility.  County officials said they have been working on a
    similar proposal, and that if the name is sold, it should be sold
    by Hamilton County, which owns the stadium.  The city leases the
    stadium and then subleases it to the Reds and the Bengals.
    Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls, who co-chairs the Stadium Task
    Force, said selling naming rights is being considered but any
    talk is "premature" (Patrick Crowley, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 9/20).
    

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  • STADIUM TALES IN THREE CANADIAN CITIES

         TORONTO: The Raptors have "issued what is apparently a
    deadline of 10 days hence for Cadillac Fairview to agree to terms
    on the sale of a parcel of land" where the team plans to put its
    new arena.  If there is no agreement, the team will look at
    alternative sites.  The Raptors still intend to begin
    construction in early '95.  A spokesperson for the Cadillac
    dealer said, "There is still the expectation that a deal will get
    concluded."  One snag is deciding who pays for demolition of a
    nearby parking lot, and what to do with the cinema currently
    there (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 9/20).
         WINNIPEG:  The City Council tonight will see plans to build
    a new arena near The Forks in downtown Winnipeg.  This proposal
    differs from an earlier recommendation which said a new arena
    should be built next to the Convention Centre.  The new site is
    "being proposed by a group of 44 business people, headed by John
    Loewen, who have joined in a bid" to keep the NHL Jets from
    leaving the city.  The group is pushing for an immediate decision
    so it can meet its May 1 deadline of selling 3,000 premium seats
    in the new 16,000- seat arena.  They are also asking for C$11.75M
    worth of city owned land to be donated for the project, and
    C$2.2M to help finance a new rink (CANADIAN PRESS, 9/20).
         CALGARY:  CFL Stampeders owner Larry Ryckman is working on a
    deal to remain in Calgary if a new lease can be reached at
    McMahon Stadium or if the province agrees to extend a C$950,000
    lottery based marketing agreement.  If an agreement can't be
    reach, Ryckman is "on the verge" of signing a deal to move the
    team to the Alamodome in San Antonio (Kelly Taylor, WINNIPEG FREE
    PRESS, 9/19).
    

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