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         Voters in Lewisville, TX, rejected a plan that would have
    enacted a half-cent sales tax to build an arena for the Stars and
    Mavericks if Dallas refuses to do so.  Lewisville leaders said
    they would abandon efforts to lure the teams if the measure
    failed.  Ronnie Carter, son of Mavericks owner Donald, said the
    team may look to Irving or Arlington as possible alternatives if
    negotiations with Dallas fail.  Officials from both the Stars and
    Mavericks said recent discussions by Dallas City officials
    regarding a renovation of Reunion Arena are "fruitless."  Stars
    President Jim Lites:  "It banishes us to mediocrity forever"
    (Christopher Ave, FORT FORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/22).

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         New Buccaneer Owner Malcom Glazer said he will "absolutely
    not" help pay for the construction of a new facility for his
    team.  Glazer: "We have done our part financially.  We bought the
    team.  We paid a big price.  And we need now the cooperation of
    the community for this stadium. ... The stadium is something the
    community has to do" (Tom Jackson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/21).  The
    Tampa Sports Authority will form a special committee to "research
    the financing and design of stadiums built in recent years."
    Authority Chair Chuck Davis will name committee members next
    week, and hopes to deliver recommendations in six months.  Davis
    said he believes a new stadium could be built in three years
    (Kevin Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 1/21).

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         The City of Toronto's land use committee unanimously
    approved a motion to "fast-track" the building of a new arena for
    the Raptors.  Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of
    the year.  The team hopes to move into the facility by the '97-
    '98 season (TORONTO STAR, 1/20).... Orange County officials said
    they hope to reach an agreement with the Angels "in the next
    several months" on a 30-year lease, "which may include the
    construction of a new baseball stadium."  Anaheim city officials
    also said the departure of the Rams will help the city's
    financial picture, because of the team's commitment to pay off a
    $33M bond for Anaheim Stadium improvements (Greg Hernandez, L.A.
    TIMES, 1/22).... The DC City Council's Economic Development
    Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the planned
    23,000-seat downtown arena.  Mayor Marion Barry and other city
    officials will travel to Cleveland today to look at Gund Arena
    (WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/23)....The Rams' three or four home games at
    Busch Stadium throws "a slight curve into the Cardinals plans for
    grass in time for the '96 baseball season" (ST. LOUIS POST-
    DISPATCH, 1/21).

    Print | Tags: LA Angels, Anheuser Busch, Facilities, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, LA Rams, Toronto Raptors, Walt Disney
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