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THE MAVS' CARTER DOESN'T WANT A REUNION IN HIS FRONT YARD

     Negotiations between the City of Dallas and Mavericks Owner
Don Carter over the construction of a new downtown arena adjacent
to Reunion Arena hinge on the demolition of Reunion.  Carter and
team officials believe having side-by-side arenas "makes no
economic sense."  City Council members and Dallas Mayor Steve
Bartlett are wary of destroying a 14-year-old facility for which
they still owe around $62M.  Bartlett: "I think the feeling on
the council is strong that we need to look for a reuse, and we
don't want a reuse that is incompatible with a new arena."
Carter is willing to cover $65M of the $142M cost for the new
arena in exchange for naming rights and control over major
decisions involving the facility (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS MORNING
NEWS, 12/14).
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