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JOHNSON RESPONDS TO POST'S QUESTIONS ABOUT ARENA

     BET President Robert Johnson reasserted his opposition to a
plan for a new D.C. arena proposed by the National Capital
Development Corp. in an op-ed in today's WASHINGTON POST.
Johnson defended his own plan for a privately-funded arena and
emphasized his desires for an agreement giving him minority
ownership in Abe Pollin's Capitals and Bullets in exchange for
BET funding the arena.  Johnson: "If citizens, businesspeople and
sports fans really want to save the arena, they should encourage
Mr. Pollin and BET to work out a mutually agreeable deal to bring
the teams to a D.C. arena complex" (WASHINGTON POST, 12/21).
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