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DALLAS SUBURB RELEASES ECONOMIC STUDY ON ARENA SITE

     The city of Lewisville "has reluctantly released a study
that indicates a new arena" along I-35 northwest of Dallas would
generate $32M in annual revenues if the Mavericks move in, or
$12M without the NBA club.  The city released the report, which
was completed in April, only after ordered to do so by the TX
Attorney General's office.  The city said it did not want to
release the information because of "outdated information," but
the TX's AG office on Tuesday granted a request by a Lewisville
newspaper to "force disclosure."  The preliminary study said if
the arena became the home of the Mavs, the arena should bring in
$20M in tickets, concessions and novelties.  To be successful,
the study said, the arena would have to be "state-of-the-art
facility and would have to attract a variety of events,"
including pro sports.  Since April, more than 100 acres of the
proposed Lewisville arena site have been packaged.  Mavs owner
Don Carter has agreed to buy 75 of those acres, "although
officials said the purchase is only for investment purposes"
(AP/FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/3).
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