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         Some of the Packers' African-American players were upset
    with the decision by the team to stop playing in Milwaukee.
    Packers DB Terrell Buckley: "Let's face it, here in Green Bay,
    there's not a black community.  That's one thing I enjoyed about
    going to Milwaukee, seeing African Americans down there
    supporting games.  That will be the sad part of leaving."  Reggie
    White: "It's important to be visible in Milwaukee. ... I guess
    we're going to have to get more involved now.  Maybe some way we
    can get inner-city kids to come up and see games.  I think that's
    something we should consider" (Keith Lyons, WASHINGTON TIMES,

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         Regional leaders said a sports stadium in downtown
    Cincinnati cannot be built without the cooperation and tax
    dollars of OH, KY & IN.  Members of the tristate task force
    deciding how to build the stadium "voted unanimously to pursue an
    interstate compact" among counties in all three states.  If
    approved by legislators in each state and Congress, the pact
    would create a developmental agency to cross "political
    jurisdictions and raise money for the stadium, as well as
    oversee, own and manage it."  The agency would also create a
    "regional tool to pursue high speed rail and enhanced airport
    development."  Jim Duance, Exec Dir of the OH-KY-IN Regional
    Council of Governments: "It would not be just another piece of
    government, but it could act as a safety net to undertake
    projects which cannot be pursued by one or few units of local
    government now because they are too expensive or too impractical"
    (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/14).

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         In a 27-page proposal, BET President Robert Johnson
    submitted his plan for a new $200M, 23,000-seat multi-use arena
    in downtown Washington that "would cost taxpayers nothing and is
    not dependent on attracting a professional sports team."  Johnson
    said the facility would not rely on a deal with Capitals/Bullets
    owner Abe Pollin bringing his teams into the city, saying if he
    can't get Pollin to agree to a deal, he believes "there will be
    some teams available," and "insisted the Baltimore-Washington
    area could support two pro basketball teams."  He said his plan
    should be taken seriously because it doesn't require a sales tax
    and city- floated bonds, a reference to "funding scenarios" being
    considered in talks between Pollin and the National Capital
    Development Corp.  But some local leaders criticized the idea,
    and called Pollin's agreement with the NCDC as the better
    alternative.  Tuck Nason, Chair of the Greater Washington Board
    of Trade: "The only winning deal for the city is a deal that
    includes the teams" (Matt Neufeld, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/14).
    Jerry Sachs, president of Centre Group, which handles Pollin's
    arena holdings, said that Pollin had not seen the proposal.
    Sachs:  "Our position continues that we have an agreement with
    NCDC" (Brown & Kovaleski, WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).

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         The Braves were expecting to move into a new $15M spring-
    training home in '96, but the plan -- part of a 2,300-acre
    development in Jupiter, FL -- "is now in jeopardy."  Braves
    President Stan Kasten said that the deal is "very much up in the
    air," adding that "the clock is running down" on building there
    by '96.  The problem is that the Braves and developer George de
    Guardiola "can't agree on who will pay the yearly $500,000 to
    $800,000 operating costs."  Palm Beach County has said it will
    use a hotel tax to pay to build the stadium, "but the developer
    wants either the Braves to pay the operating costs, or the team's
    parent company, TBS, to bring additional activities to the area
    when the team is not training there."  The club may begin looking
    for another location.  If the deal falls through, county
    officials said they will try to keep the Braves in Palm Beach and
    share a new facility with the Expos.  But the two teams, which
    currently share a West Palm Beach facility, have previously
    rejected that idea (I.J. Rosenberg, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/14).

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         Oakland-Almeda County Coliseum President George Vukasin said
    yesterday that if the A's and Warriors leave town, the facility
    will turn to the CFL, soccer and other entertainment to keep the
    Coliseum and the adjacent Oakland Coliseum Arena open.  Vukasin
    contended the Arena can make a profit without an NBA tenant if
    other professional franchises are brought to Oakland:  "We can
    keep the facility busy.  Our goal is to keep the facility state-
    of-the-art with primary sports teams as tenants."  But Alameda
    County Supervisor Don Perata said a CFL franchise is not an
    acceptable alternative to losing the A's and Warriors: "To win a
    CFL franchise is not winning.  The CFL is just a little ahead of
    tractor pulls, roller blade hockey and arena football -- and with
    them you're just a valley town."  Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris said
    he plans on keeping the A's and Warriors in town: "We intend to
    maintain our franchises and expand them.  In addition to the NFL,
    we are talking to the CFL and are constructively engaged in
    conversation with the Warriors."  Harris added: "We are working
    to keep what we have rather than work to attract something you
    don't have" (Gregory Lewis, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 10/14).
         PARKING FEES:  The '95 budget approved by the Coliseum's
    board increased parking by $1.  Starting October 25, parking
    rates for all Coliseum events will increase to $7 for cars, $11
    for limos and $12 for buses.  Vukasin: "That keeps us in line
    with other facilities in the area" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,

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         A Canada Post Corp. official in Ottawa confirmed yesterday
    that the Raptors have placed an offer to purchase the "historical
    56-year-old Postal Delivery Building at 40 Bay Street, and
    adjoining property used as a parking lot."  According to several
    sources, it is the "preferred site" for the Raptors proposed
    22,500-seat arena.  Raptors spokesperson Tom Mayenknecht said the
    rail lands site is "one of four the team has identified for
    discussions."  This site meets the team's criteria of being
    downtown, and of being accessible by mass transit.  If the arena
    is built on this site, according one real estate expert, there is
    potential for the naming rights to go for tens of millions of
    dollars, since the building could be seen throughout downtown
    (Christie & MacLeod, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/14).     ANOTHER
    IDEA:  CN Real Estate has a proposal that would have the Raptors
    build an arena "and share such things" as TV and kitchen
    facilities with the SkyDome.  CN proposes that a basketball-only
    arena be build just west of the SkyDome and that a tunnel link
    the arena up with some of the dome's existing infrastructure.
    But the report notes that the Raptors "are suddenly getting
    inquiries and proposals from real estate agents and developers
    all over town" (Jim Byers TORONTO STAR, 10/14).

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         Yesterday's setback for Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke's
    plan to build a stadium in Laurel, MD, raised the possiblity of
    Cooke's return to the District of Columbia, but DC mayoral
    candidate Marion Barry said Cooke told him he "would not consider
    it" (Brown & Koaleski, WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).  Cooke told the
    WASHINGTON TIMES his "only intent" is to appeal the zoning
    decision of the Anne Arundel County administrative hearing
    officer, "and win" (Flynn & Neufeld, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/19).
    Cooke's appeal "could be far more daunting," as the "stadium's
    fate could be tangled in months of hearings and deliberative
    meetings" (Justin Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).
         WHITHER DC?  Reaction to Cooke's possible return in DC was
    mixed.  Tom Boswell writes that the "answer is definiteley NOT
    for the the District to open its arms, and wallet, to Cooke."
    Boswell adds a better approach is to "expand and renovate" RFK
    Stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).  A WASHINGTON TIMES editorial
    states that though Cooke may want a new stadium, a "government
    that does not have enough money to run its own services should
    not even think about paying for it" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/14).  A
    POST editorial states "it is worth pursuit" to examine build on
    the current site of RFK Stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 10/14).

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