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         Several Cincinnati City Council members yesterday informally
    said that they would support a plan to build a Reds ballpark next
    to the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Cincinnati.  Council members
    said they were also pleased that Reds Owner Marge Schott had
    informed the Council that she wants the new ballpark to be
    similar to those recently built in Cleveland, Chicago and
    Baltimore.  Mayor Roxanne Qualls: "It is progress that Mrs.
    Schott has publicly indicated she wants a new facility."  It now
    appears that in order for Schott to be granted a new ballpark,
    Tri-State executives must convince Bengals GM Mike Brown to sign
    a long-term lease at an expanded and refurbished Riverfront
    Stadium.  Brown also has demanded a new stadium, but local
    leaders have said publicly they are committed to renovating
    Riverfront for one of the city's professional teams, while
    building a new structure for the other.  Regional leaders  said
    it would take months before a decision on the issue is made
    (Green & Goldberg, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/10).

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         NBA Commissioner David Stern toured the Gund arena
    Wednesday, saying the Cavaliers' new home is among several sites
    being considered to host the '97 All Star game.  NBA Deputy
    Commissioner Russ Granik said the two major considerations for an
    All-Star site are "the arena and the hotels in the area."  Stern,
    Granik, Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund, Cavaliers GM Wayne Embry and
    other team and NBA execs toured the arena and attended the
    Cavaliers opening game.  Stern says the new facility has "a
    special intimacy" and has contributed to Cleveland's downtown
    "revitalization."  The '95 All Star game will be played in
    Phoenix and the '96 game in Houston (Burt Graeff, Cleveland PLAIN
    DEALER, 11/9).  The NBA "Nightly News" featured a piece on Gund
    Arena and its effect on Cleveland's downtown (NBC, 11/9).

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