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NEW TAMPA ARENA MISSES DEADLINE -- NEW ONE SET

     Officials from the Lightning are aiming to complete their
complex arena deal in time for the '96 season, now that they have
missed the deadline for '95.  Team attorney Steve Pankau said
that in order to meet the new deadline, the deal may need to be
"wrapped up" by next month.  Pankau: "Bonds to finance
construction of the $110 million to $120 million arena will be
sold in mid-February at the earliest.  Waiting beyond then could
jeopardize a '96 opening" (Kevin Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/11).
With an end to the NHL lockout, Lightning Governor David LeFevre
was sure the arena will be built (Tom McEwen, TAMPA TRIBUNE,
1/12).
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