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         Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams' proposal for a new downtown
    dome is a "dead duck," according to Houston Mayor Bob Lanier.
    Lanier: "They (Oilers management) just backed off because they
    can't get (Rockets owner Les) Alexander in the deal."  Alexander
    left the project to pursue his own basketball arena.  There has
    been city-wide debate over a new stadium since Adams mentioned it
    last November and requested that public funds finance $195M of
    the proposed $245M project.  Bob Eury, who heads two groups that
    promote  downtown, said a new stadium "is a long way from dead,"
    and that they are studying the need for more sports facilities in
    the city (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/28).

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         The Raptors and a local Cadillac dealerhsip are close to a
    decision on "whether to go ahead with an arena at Bay and Dundas
    -- or cancel the idea in favor of another downtown site."  That
    is according to a team official who said it is likely a deal will
    "be decided in the next week or 10 days."  Although the
    Bay/Dundas site was a key ingredient in the Raptors expansion
    bid, "almost a year to the day from the bid being awarded, the
    would-be arena remains in limbo."  If there is no agreement
    between the team and Cadillac Fairview, the Raptors could "wind
    up in a new arena" near SkyDome or another downtown site (Jim
    Byers, TORONTO STAR, 9/29).

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