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  • BALTIMORE REFUSES TO EVER, EVER, EVER SAY DIE

         A front-page article in Sunday's Baltimore SUN chronicles
    the city's continuing struggle to attract an NFL team.  The SUN's
    Jon Morgan writes, "Baltimore has become a virtual Washington
    suburb in the minds of some league demographers" (Baltimore SUN,
    1/29).  Baltimore's ABC affiliate, WMAR, ran a promotion for the
    station's Super Bowl pregame with the lead-in: "Maybe they can
    stop us from having an NFL team, but they can't stop us from
    bringing you 'Midday Over Miami,' Newschannel 2's Super Bowl
    Special" (WMAR-TV, 1/28).  Baltimore-area state legislators are
    hopeful to maintain money appropriated for a downtown football
    stadium (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 1/30).
         MEANHILE, THE REDSKINS ARE GETTING CLOSER:  The Redskins
    asked the Anne Arundel, MD, county board for a two month delay in
    zoning hearings on their proposed stadium in Laurel, MD.
    According to team lawyer Harry Blumenthal, the Redskins are
    acquiring additional property around the site to accommodate
    3,000 additional parking spots.  In October, a county official
    denied a request by the team for a special zoning exemption for
    the site.  The Redskins appealed the decision; the board will
    consider the extension request tomorrow night (Matt Neufeld,
    WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/29).
    

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  • HOLLYWOOD PARK WAITS ON RAIDERS

         A "preliminary agreement" has been reached by Hollywood Park
    for financing its proposed $200M stadium where the Raiders and
    UCLA would play, according to today's L.A. TIMES.  Hollywood Park
    CEO R.D. Hubbard:  "We do have a proposed term sheet from the
    bank for financing.  We're pretty close, there are just a few
    little items to be worked out."  The "stumbling block" remains
    the "unpredictablility" of Raiders owner Al Davis.  Sources say
    that he has had a proposed agreement "on his desk for almost
    three months."  Although more than $100M has been spent on
    renovations to the Coliseum, Davis reportedly "no longer wants to
    play in the Coliseum" and has "privately made Hollywood Park his
    top option" (John Cherwa, L.A. TIMES, 1/30).
    

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  • HORNETS, CITY OF CHARLOTTE WORK ON A COMPROMISE

         Negotiations for a compromise that calls for $7M worth of
    renovations to the Charlotte Coliseum between the city and the
    Hornets have begun, according to Saturday's CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.
    The compromise would bring "new luxury suites, a club/restaurant
    and other amenities to the Coliseum," but not the new skyboxes
    that the Hornets want.  If an agreement is reached, it "would
    help ensure that the Hornets get the $5 million in additional
    revenues," and could keep the team from leaving the Coliseum
    (Chapman &  Mehrtens, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/28).
    

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  • WINNIPEG WAITS, DEBATES ON NEW ARENA SITE DECISION

         Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC), the business group
    trying to build a new arena in Winnipeg for the Jets, must
    convince the Winnipeg City Council to approve a proposal in
    principle to donate the land for such a facility before a vote
    tomorrow.  According to Friday's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, the MEC has
    only four of the nine yes votes needed, six council members
    oppose the idea, and six were undecided. The MEC has promised
    $110M in private funding (Stevens Wild, WINNIPEG FREE-PRESS,
    1/27).  Winnipeg Deputy Mayor George Fraser says opposition to a
    new arena could leave renovation of Winnipeg Arena as the city's
    only option (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE-PRESS, 1/27).  MEC board
    member Bob Silver says major league sports is "interwoven into
    the fabric" of Winnipeg: "What we are talking about is not the
    future of sport but future of our city" (Glen Dawkins, WINNIPEG
    SUN, 1/27).  Sink, Combs and Delthlefs, the same firm that
    designed the San Jose Arena, is in charge of designs for the
    prospective arena in Winnipeg (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/29).
    

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