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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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