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  • CONGRESS HOLDS HEARINGS ON TICKETMASTER

         Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Transportation and
    Hazardous Material began hearings on "a bill mandating that the
    public be fully informed of any charges tacked onto an event
    ticket" through advertising disclaimers.  But, according to
    Richard Leiby in this morning's WASHINGTON POST, "the Ticket Fee
    Disclosure Act, introduced by powerful Michigan Democrat John
    Dingell, seems more like a scripted piece of political bluster
    than an actual blow against the allegedly monopolistic practices
    of the Ticketmaster empire."  Ticketmaster apparently supports
    the legislation, and says "it already divulges its service fees"
    in telephone scripts and on tickets.  Ned Goldstein, Ticketmaster
    VP:  "We feel the consumer has the right to the information."
    Bill Wood of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group:
    "Disclosing to someone that you are extorting them does not solve
    the problem of extortion."  According to Goldstein, Ticketmaster
    "only makes a time on each ticket it handles" (Richard Leiby,
    WASHINGTON POST, 9/30).
    

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  • DECEMBER MADNESS IN TORONTO

         Maple Leaf Gardens will host a regular season NCAA
    basketball game between Georgetown and Memphis State on December
    10.  Mary Ann Kim of Del Wilber & Associates (DWA), which is
    organizing the event:  "We decided on Georgetown because they
    were ranked among the top three NCAA teams in the Toronto area in
    terms of recognition.  Georgetown's merchandise outsells that of
    other schools 3-to-1" (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 9/30).  DWA
    President Peter Allemang:  "Basketball is close to being the
    prestige sport in high school here" (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR,
    9/30).
    

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  • DISNEY'S VIRGINIA: THE DAY AFTER

         Disney's recent surprise decision to abandon Manassas, VA,
    as the site of Disney's America was based largely on the
    recognition that the company's "family-friendly image was being
    threatened by environmentalists, historians, and community
    leaders."  Disney Board Member, Robert A.M. Stern:  "There's a
    lot of money going into Disney's America and when you invest that
    much in a project, the image of people standing around with
    picket signs on the day you open doesn't sit well."  The board,
    led by Disney Chair Michael Eisner, reached the decision
    unanimously "after less than an hour's debate" (Spayd & Farhi,
    WASHINGTON POST, 9/30).
         PRAISE FOR EISNER:  Richard Moe, president of the National
    Trust for Historic Preservation and an opponent to the project,
    characterized Disney as "patriots" for their decision.  Moe:
    "It's never easy for a company to reverse its position on such a
    highly visible issue.  It's a sign of great courage on Michael
    Eisner's part to do this and I commend him for it" (WASHINGTON
    POST, 9/30).
    

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  • MARKETPLACE ROUND-UP

         Citing "pockmarked putting greens," many country clubs are
    considering banning metal spikes.  But golfers and golf-shoe
    makers aren't happy.  Still, McNeil Engineering, one spiked and
    cleated shoe maker in MA, "is rushing more turf-friendly shoes to
    market" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/30).... Ronald McDonald
    Children's Charities announced it is dropping the Michael
    Jordan/RMCC Classic, held in Chicago the past two summers,
    because Jordan's baseball commitment will not allow him to
    participate (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/30)....Anheuser-Busch begin
    distribution Monday of its first "red beer," Red Wolf Lager (N.Y.
    TIMES, 9/30).
    

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  • TETRA STAYS ON SOLID GROUND IN THE SHOW ME STATE

         Tetra Plastics Inc., which developed the plastic "Airsole"
    for Nike and is a supplier to K2 Snow Ski Inc., has announced
    that it will build a 220,000-square-foot plant at the Missouri
    Research Park and expand its R&D department.  The company was
    flooded out last year and "had plenty of reason to join Nike" in
    Oregon, but "incentives from Missouri's Department of Economic
    Development were crucial to Tetra's decision" to stay in
    Missouri.  State aid included $263,000 in investment and job
    creation task credits, and $750,000 to build a new highway
    interchange.  The company will also save $600,000 in utility
    charges over five years, and is exempt from real estate taxes.
    Tetra expects sales of $37M this year and "has 23 new products
    under development just for Nike, which accounts for 55 percent of
    the company's sales" (Fred Faust, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 9/30).
    

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