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  • AIR FOR SALE IN WINNIPEG; NEW ARENA GAINS "AMAZING" SUPPORT

         In an announcement described as "amazing and remarkable,"
    the Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC) has commitments by the
    city's corporate community to buy 40 luxury boxes and 1,200
    premium seats for a new hockey rink for the Jets.  MEC
    spokesperson Bob Silver: "We've sold air.  We have no site, we
    have no building. ... We don't even have a hockey season."  The
    new rink, if its built at all, won't open until '97, but arena
    builders are "optimistic" by the marketing effort.  Jets
    President Barry Shenkarow said a reason for the success is that
    the NHL labour dispute has boosted the confidence of
    "Winnipeggers" that a league wide salary cap will be realized and
    that a small market franchises such as the Jets will draw fans to
    a new building still on the driving board.  The team has said it
    will move if it does not get a new facility.  The MEC has
    generated C$5.8M for the project and C$8.2M in annual revenues.
    Their target is to raise C$10M toward the cost of the C$110M
    facility (David Roberts, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 12/9).
    

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  • BET PRESIDENT JOHNSON WILL NOT GO AWAY IN DC ARENA DEAL

         A day after Bullets/Caps Owner Abe Pollin's proposal for a
    new downtown arena in DC "cleared an important hurdle," Bob
    Johnson, president of Black Entertainment Television, reiterated
    his plan to build the arena with his own funds and try to buy a
    share of the teams from Pollin.  Johnson will now take his fight
    to Congress which must approve the project and funding.  He has
    hired Republican lobbyist Tom Korologos to "press his case with
    the incoming GOP leadership."  Johnson has generated a letter
    with 17 signatures from GOP Senators who will not support using
    city bonds when a private investor is ready to "assume the risk."
    Johnson: "Am I going away?  I go away when the process is
    complete" (Howard Schneider, WASHINGTON POST, 12/9).
    

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  • NO SUMNER LOVE FOR BLOCKBUSTER PARK

         According to Jack Nease in Ft. Lauderdale, Viacom execs
    "still won't say how they feel about the sports and entertainment
    complex" that Blockbuster Entertainment Chair Wayne Huizenga
    planned for a 3,000-acre site on the Dade-Broward county line.  A
    Viacom spokesperson in New York: "It is not killed.  But it is
    not a certainty.  It's still under review, and these things take
    time."  Nease notes that "all systems were go" until the
    Blockbuster-Viacom merger, but because of the amount of debt
    Viacom has accumulated, "the prospect of developing a South
    Florida theme park and sports complex is obviously much less
    appealing" to Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone than to Huizenga (Ft.
    Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 12/8).
    

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