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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).
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).
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).