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  • CARTER OFFERS $65M TO BUILD NEW ARENA IN DALLAS

         Mavericks Owner Donald Carter has offered to pay $65M, half
    of the construction cost, to replace Reunion Arena.  This comes
    after a letter from Carter's attorney to the city saying the team
    will leave Dallas because the city has "defaulted on its lease."
    Carter stood by the letter, saying it wasn't a scare tactic and
    maintained that he wants to stay in Dallas.  Still, Carter feels
    the city has failed to hold the Stars hockey team to certain
    commitments, "including the promise to sign a long term lease"
    (Martinez & Gesalman, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/9).  A MORNING NEWS
    editorial supports a new facility, stating that the latest "spat"
    shouldn't jeopardize one of the most important decisions the
    council will make (MORNING NEWS, 12/9). Meanwhile, officials in
    Lewisville, TX, released a site plan they say is "far more
    detailed than anything compiled" by Dallas (Thurman/North, DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS, 12/9).
    

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  • COMPLAINTS AT GUND ARENA MAY LEAD TO CHANGES AT STADIUM

         The Cavaliers have received "so many complaints about poor
    sightlines at the new Gund Arena that the team is investigating
    ways to change the building, including raising the playing
    floor."  Cavs President & CEO Tom Chestnut said the architects
    have been called back to the $140M arena to find a solution.
    Gund Arena is the newest facility in the league, opening in mid-
    October.  The main problem is "that the rows of seats don't rise
    sharply enough" and many fans "can't see over the heads of the
    people in front of them."  Complaints have come mostly from those
    in the lower bowl, "including those sitting in the most expensive
    seats."  Chestnut said no timetable has been set on improvements,
    although team officials told the Akron BEACON-JOURNAL that the
    target date for implementing a plan is the second week of
    January.  Chestnut declined to say who would pay for improvements
    (Bob Dyer, Akron BEACON-JOURNAL, 12/8).
    

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  • NO PLANS FOR DOME AT GIANTS STADIUM

         Giants Stadium will not be domed as part of a stadium
    expansion/renovation plan.  However, "luxury boxes" and "special
    club seating" are reportedly included in the scheme.  The
    expansion will be a cooperative effort between the NJ Sports and
    Exposition Authority, Giants and Jets. Details will be announced
    in two weeks.  But the authority was "examining" building as many
    as 104 new luxury boxes, up from the current 72 above the third
    tier of the stadium.  The club-seating plan would involve moving
    the press to the upper-tier of the stadium and converting the
    current press box and lounge into a "club" (N.Y. POST, 12/10).
    

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  • OFFICIAL SAYS SCHOTT'S SILENCE HURTS STADIUM EFFORT

         A Hamilton County official says Reds owner Marge Schott's
    "unwillingness" to discuss plans for a new ballpark with civic
    leaders could leave her "at the gate behind the Bengals."  County
    Commissioner Guy Gukenberger urged Schott to meet with the tri-
    state task force that plans to recommend next year "how, when and
    where at least one new stadium should be built."  Schott has
    frustrated officials for months by not telling them "what she
    specifically wants in a ballpark."  Through advisors, Schott's
    wishes for a ballpark are said to be "retro-style ballpark" with
    a Reds museum and hall of fame.  Schott has been "irked" at a
    "new and more lucrative lease" the city worked out with the
    Bengals; there was no such offer for the Reds.  Last week, City
    Manager John Shirey said he would "press hard for renewed
    negotiations with Schott" and have a deal by January 4 to
    "guarantee millions in new income" at Riverfront and get a
    timetable to renovate the stadium or build a new park  (Richard
    Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/10).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         A WASHINGTON POST editorial this morning urges the approval
    of a new downtown stadium, saying the "opportunity must not be
    squandered by narrow-minded decision makers putting impossible
    squeezes on anyone seeking to do business here (WASHINGTON POST,
    12/12)....Browns Owner Art Modell on Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones'
    expansion plans:  "I'd like to see an upper deck on the top of
    Texas Stadium.  If you buy a seat up there, the game will be a
    rumor" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/11)....Patriots Owner Robert Kraft:
    "I'm committed to keeping the team in Massachusetts, unless it
    comes to a point someday where it is impossible for our team to
    compete.  This is my goal.  And I think right now that goal needs
    tremendous cooperation between the public and the private
    sectors" (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/10). ....The Cardinals
    switch to grass at Busch Stadium will cost more than $3M (ST.
    LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/11).
    

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  • VIACOM ACES PARK -- WAYNE'S WORLD TO STAY ON DRAWING BOARD

         Wayne Huizenga's dream "of building a sports and
    entertainment complex on the edge of the everglades died Friday,"
    when Viacom, Blockbuster's parent company, said the park did not
    fit its strategic goals.  Huizenga said the "project as we know
    it is gone.  It's dead.  There are only so many things one
    company can do."  The project was to be the home for Huizenga's
    Marlins and Panthers.  Viacom can now sell the land or proceed
    "with a partner on a similar, smaller project."  As to the future
    of his teams, Huizenga did pledge to build an arena for the
    Panthers, although he said it was unclear where the facility
    would be built.  Huizenga could build on Blockbuster Park land,
    or explore new sites, such as that adjacent to Joe Robbie
    Stadium, which he also owns (Don Finefrock, MIAMI HERALD, 12/10).
    The City of Miami would like to keep the Panthers in Miami Arena,
    and Mayor Steve Clark said they are "willing to sit down with Mr.
    Huizenga and do whatever we can to accommodate him"
    (Finefrock/Neal/Vernon, MIAMI HERALD, 12/10).
    

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  • VOTERS DISAPPROVE SALES TAXES FOR NEW TIGERS STADIUM

         Fifty-three percent of Wayne County voters oppose a
    "financing plan" that could include "new taxes on restaurant
    tabs, car rentals and hotel rooms" to build a publicly-owned
    baseball stadium for the Tigers, according to a poll commissioned
    by the Michigan Restaurant Association.  Tigers owner Mike Ilitch
    wants a new stadium to replace the aging-Tiger stadium in
    downtown Detroit.  Under legislation passed in '91, the county
    has the ability to levy, with voter approval, a 1% tax on
    restaurant food and beverage sales, a 2% tax on car rentals and a
    1% hotel tax.  The tax on restaurant food and drink is the most
    unpopular, with only 29% in favor.  Recent interest in public
    financing comes as Ilitch and the Tigers "rework" financing
    plans.  Although he "initially wanted to build and own the
    stadium," Ilitch has "indicated" recently he is not "averse" to
    public ownership (Amy Lane, CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 12/5-11
    issue).
    

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