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         In this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL, Brett Pulley
    examines the battle between residents and the city over helping
    the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) establish its
    Division I-A college football program.  Specifically, the
    Birmingham City Council voted to give UAB $2.2M to upgrade its
    football program I by 1996.  "To some people in the loose
    coalition opposing" the city giving money to UAB to start
    football, "the controversy boils down to a frustration with the
    dominance of the university locally and the dominance of football
    here and throughout the state."  In the mid-'80s the city gave
    $1M to the USFL's Birmingham Stallions to start their franchise.
    The city received "some used uniforms and equipment in return for
    its investment."  In '91, the city decided to give the World
    League's Birmingham Fire stadium concession funds.  Opponents of
    public funding to UAB for football say the money would be better
    spent on education and economic revitalization of the city (WALL
    STREET JOURNAL, 11/23).

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         St. Petersburg has been notified by the NCAA it is one of
    five finalists for the Southeast regional Sweet 16 tournament in
    '98.  The 1999 Final Four already has been awarded to St. Pete.
    Sites are expected to be chosen as soon as next week after the
    Division I men's basketball committee meets and makes its
    recommendations to the NCAA executive committee.  Also making the
    cut:  Atlanta, Knoxville and Lexington.  Atlanta submitted two
    bids, one for the Omni and one for the GA Dome.  If St. Pete does
    not get the Sweet 16 regional spot, the city and ThunderDome will
    be "all but a lock" for first- and second-round games in '98.
    The NCAA generally awards either of the two tournaments to a
    Final Four site the year before those games as a dress rehearsal
    (Bob Chick, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/23).

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