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         The list of potential sites for a new Dallas sports arena
    could be narrowed to the Reunion Arena and West End areas by
    today, when the city council is expected to discuss "preferred
    locations behind closed doors."  Although council members will be
    briefed on 13 proposed sites in and around downtown, some said
    they expect the city staff to recommend three "preferred sites."
    All three are likely to be near Reunion Arena or the West End,
    areas favored by the Mavericks and Stars.  After several suburban
    cities made overtures toward the Mavs and Stars earlier this
    year, the city council hired consultants to work with the staff
    on a $421,000 feasibility study on a new arena.  Even as council
    members prepare to discuss where to build a $184M arena, "some
    are talking about taking drastic measures against" the Stars for
    not signing a long-term lease at Reunion Arena.  Stars President
    Jim Lites said that no lease will be signed until the city
    assures the team that they will have a new home.  The council is
    not expected to "formally approve a site or sites until next
    Wednesday."  City officials then plan to begin talks with owners
    of the chosen sites (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/21).

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