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         The Cities of Arlington and Irving, TX are ready to lure the
    Stars and Mavericks if arena talks break down, according to this
    morning's FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM.   Both teams have been
    negotiating with the City of Dallas for the last ten months.
    Ronnie Carter, son of Mavs' owner Don Carter, said last week the
    team hopes to conclude negotiations with Dallas by March 1, if
    there is no agreement, the teams will "welcome" talks with
    Arlington and Irving.  Saturday, Lewisville, TX, residents
    rejected an initiative to raise sales taxes to fund a new arena
    for both  teams.  Irving councilman Jack Spurlock says his city
    has locations and financing plans: "We are not here playing a
    game.  We are ready, we want them and we have everything to
    offer" (Ave & Dotson, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/23).

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         DC officials visited Cleveland's new Gund Arena yesterday to
    get ideas for a new $180M downtown Washington facility before
    tomorrow's hearing by the DC Council's Economic Development
    Committee.  Officials also revealed that DC's financial
    obligation to the project is expected to more than double.
    Bullets/Capitals owner Abe Pollin will pay all costs of building
    the arena, but the city is responsible for land acquisition and
    off-site development, now expected to cost $50M, according to DC
    Project Adviser Robert Moore.  Moore said much of the cost
    increase is due to underestimated costs in relocating District
    office workers currently on the site (Howard Schneider,
    WASHINGTON POST, 1/24).  DC Mayor Marion Barry wants to buy
    enough land surrounding the project to "make it available to
    private investors to build restaurants, office buildings and even
    housing."  Barry: "Just think about it -- downtown, with things
    happening" (Jeanne Dewey, WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/24).
         PLAY BALL:  RFK Stadium in Washington will not enter a lease
    agreement with either the UBL or expansion groups from Northern
    VA until one of those groups is awarded a team, according to RFK
    stadium General Manager Jim Dalrymple (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON
    POST, 1/24).

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