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  • BLEACHER BLURBS

         While the Hornets' players are "limping" into the season,
    the Charlotte Coliseum "wants the home fans to know they still
    have a few things to cheer about."  The Coliseum tied for first
    in the NBA with Indiana's Market Square Arena for the least
    expensive parking ($4) in a survey by MONEY Magazine.  The same
    survey found that the coliseum also has the cheapest hot dogs at
    $1.50 and the least expensive soda at a $1 for 16oz (CHARLOTTE
    OBSERVER, 11/4)....Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna, "who seemingly had
    punted on supporting an outdoor sports stadium a week ago," said
    area leaders should consider a multicounty bond issue to finance
    the complex.  Serna said it is not a response to CFL Gold Miners'
    Owner Fred Anderson's decision to move (SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/3).
    

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  • DADE OFFICIAL "BLASTS" MANY ASPECTS OF BLOCKBUSTER PARK PLAN

         The last report launched during Blockbuster Park's first
    review period "landed with a bang" yesterday, when a Dade County
    growth management specialist, Carey Lee Rawlinson, "blasted
    nearly every aspect of the park's development plan."  Calling the
    plan "grossly inadequate," Rawlinson said Blockbuster failed to
    indicate how the $1.4B sports and entertainment complex would
    affect Dade's economy.  Rawlinson said park planners "never
    considered how much business or how many employees the project
    would sap from Dade County's existing sports and tourist-related
    businesses."  He said the impact on attractions such as Joe
    Robbie Stadium, the Miami Arena and the local waterfront shopping
    plaza should be studied.  Dade County was the last of two dozen
    state and local governments that submitted questions regarding
    Blockbuster's development application.  Company consultants now
    have four months to respond (John Maines, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-
    SENTINEL, 11/4).
    

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  • JOHNSON WILL BACK CITY BONDS FOR PIECE OF NBA BULLETS

         BET President Bob Johnson "has switched gears and offered to
    back the [Washington, DC's] investment in arena construction in
    return for an opportunity to buy an interest in the Bullets."
    Under the plan, Johnson would guarantee the repayment of city-
    issued bonds and Bullets/Caps Owner Abe Pollin would "sell
    Johnson an interest in the Bullets immediately." Johnson would
    also have the first right to "buy the team in the future at
    whatever price Pollin sets."  Johnson changed his proposal after
    "concluding" that his original offer to build an arena with his
    own money was gathering little support.  The new proposal
    increased pressure on Pollin to "at least consider a partnership
    with one of the area's highest profile African-American
    businessmen."  Last week the DC Chamber of Commerce "urged Pollin
    to meet with Johnson because, in light of the financial condition
    of the city," Johnson's offer could not be ignored (Howard
    Schneider, WASHINGTON POST, 11/4).
    

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  • PATRIOTS FLIRTING WITH HARTFORD AGAIN?

         "There is still a remote chance the Patriots could move to
    Hartford."  Patriots Dir of Public Relations Dan Lowery said the
    team will explore other stadium possibilities in New England if
    the MA Legislature does not provide funding for improvements to
    Foxboro Stadium.  The Patriots are seeking $50-70M to upgrade the
    stadium.  An attempt to lure the Patriots to Hartford ended last
    January, when Bob Kraft bought the team.  The CT Legislature had
    approved financing for a $252.1M stadium, based on an NFL team
    moving to the city (Terry Price, HARTFORD COURANT, 11/4).  In
    Boston, Joan Vennochi notes what Kraft wants from MA is "more
    than what the governor can support" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/2).
    Today's HARTFORD COURANT also reports that UConn is likely to
    move to Division 1-A in football, "contingent" on the building of
    a new stadium, probably in the Hartford area.
         THE PROVIDENCE SOLUTION?  Outgoing RI Gov. Bruce Sundlun
    proposed a domed stadium for the Pats in Providence. After
    approving $200,000 in improvements at the team's training
    facilities, Sundlun said a stadium in RI should be considered
    because the team "can't make it at Foxboro."  Sundlun's reasons:
    65% of season tickets are sold south of Foxboro; Hartford is a
    New York market; the NFL is not going to let the team leave New
    England, the 6th largest TV market; and "most critical of all,"
    the NFL "has reached the point where it will be a participant (in
    building a stadium)" (Paul Kenyon, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN,
    11/3).
    

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