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  • CIVIC TASK FORCE SET TO STUDY NEW STADIUM FOR BROWNIES

         Fearing the Browns could move if Cleveland Stadium is not
    renovated, a group of civic and business leaders "vowed" to
    develop a plan by mid-January to keep the team in Cleveland.  The
    task force will be formed to "determine the costs of renovating
    the stadium vs. building a new one" and  report on ways to pay
    for both options.  Cleveland Mayor Michael White has repeatedly
    said the team needs a new or improved facility to remain
    competitive, and Browns Owner Art Modell said he will give the
    city until the end of '95 to develop a plan.  Although no
    "funding plan has been decided," options include raising millions
    from local corporations, seeking state funds, or raising taxes on
    Cuyahoga County residents.  An estimated cost of renovating is
    $130M.  The Browns' lease with the city expires in '98 (Stephen
    Phillips, CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER, 12/13).
    

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  • COUNTY OFFICIAL OFFERS TAX BREAK TO COOKE'S STADIUM PLAN

         An official of Anne Arundel County, MD, offered Redskins
    Owner Jack Kent Cooke a property tax break of more than $1M a
    year on its proposed stadium near Laurel.  County Executive John
    Gary said he would "support the tax break" if the team revised
    its stadium plans in Laurel, MD, to meet "zoning concerns and
    show that the stadium will generate revenue for the county."
    Gary would propose assessing property taxes based on the current
    value of the land, not on what it would be if the 75,000 facility
    is constructed, allowing the team to pay for road construction
    and other improvements (Justin Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 12/14).
    

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  • ORLANDO EXPANSION GROUP RECEIVES NICE PRESENT BEFORE BID

         When Orlando makes its presentation to MLB's expansion
    committee on Wednesday in Chicago, it will carry with them
    funding for a $150M outdoor facility.  The Orange County
    Commission voted 6-1 in favor of adding one cent to the resort
    tax on February 1.  They then voted 7-0 to commit $8.1M of that
    money each year to building a $150M -- 45,000 seat stadium (Mark
    Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14).  Commission Chair Linda
    Chapin: "We're going to Chicago with a great, great package to
    sell Orlando to Major League Baseball, and we're going to bring
    home a team" (Bill Fay, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/14).  Construction of
    the stadium is contingent on being awarded a team.  If an interim
    facility is needed, Orlando officials plan to renovate the Citrus
    Bowl (Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14).
    

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  • PITTSBURGH'S NEXT TASK: BUILD A NEW STADIUM FOR BUCS

         PA Gov.-elect Tom Ridge (R) and Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy
    said Monday they are willing to talk about financing a new park
    for the Pirates as soon as MLB approves a new team owner.
    Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas, the city's "preferred
    buyer" said he expected to receive MLB's preliminary approval
    this week and is "optimistic" he can have a sales agreement with
    the Pirates' current owners by January 29.  The city has until
    that date to find a buyer willing to keep the Pirates in
    Pittsburgh and to assume more than $100M in debts and
    obligations.  Both Murphy and Ridge agreed that building a
    traditional-style ballpark "was necessary to turn around the
    money-losing franchise."  Murphy envisions an entertainment
    complex aimed at tourists, but Ridge said not to expect the state
    to pay for the whole project (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST-
    GAZETTE, 12/13).
    

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