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  • MOOSE WANT FANS TO COME CALLING ON MORE WEEKEND DATES

         The IHL Minnesota Moose, who already have played out their
    weekend home schedule for the season, are concerned about the
    lack of weekend dates they have at the St. Paul Civic Center.
    The gate difference for the team between weekend and weekday
    dates is $50,000.  Columnist Charley Waters warns the Civic
    Center "better find more weekend dates for next season" if they
    want to keep the team from moving to the Target Center (ST. PAUL
    PIONEER PRESS, 1/31).
    

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  • NEW LEASE AGREEMENT SHOULD MEAN KEEPING THE A'S IN OAKLAND

         The new owners of the A's, Stephen Schott and Kenneth
    Hofmann, "moved a big step closer to keeping the team in Oakland"
    on Tuesday when public agencies in Alameda County approved a new
    lease agreement between the team and the Oakland Coliseum.  The
    agreement, which would keep the A's in the East Bay until 2004,
    was approved by Alameda County supervisors, the Oakland City
    Council and the Coliseum Commissioner.  Schott and Hofmann, who
    agreed to purchase the team from the Haas family for $85M, still
    need to line up financing and get approval from MLB owners.  City
    and county officials have promised taxpayers the new arrangement
    will not cost them anything.  However, the contract is based in
    part on the sale of naming rights for about $450,000 per year
    (Frances Dinkelspiel, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/1).
    

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  • S.F. MAYOR TO BAY AREA COMPANIES: GET A PIECE OF THE STICK

         In an effort to raise "desperately" needed funds to renovate
    Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the city is offering to sell
    the stadium's name to the highest-bidding corporate sponsor.  By
    selling the name, the city "could bring in as much as $2 million
    a year for stadium renovations."  Jack Immendorf, Chair of S.F.'s
    Recreation and Parks Commission which overseas the stadium:  "It
    would raise considerable funds at no cost to the city and no cost
    to the ticket holders.  It's advertising, pure and simple."  In a
    letter to eight major local companies, San Francisco Mayor Frank
    Jordan said the city expects to spend between $21-26M renovating
    Candlestick for the 1999 Super Bowl.  The companies: The Gap,
    Chevron, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Pacific Telesis, AirTouch
    Communications, Charles Schwab and Transamerica (Erin McCormick,
    SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 2/1).
    

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  • TASK FORCE UNVEILS PLAN TO RENOVATE CLEVELAND STADIUM

         Cleveland's Stadium Task Force unveiled a proposed three-
    year, $130M renovation plan for Cleveland Stadium yesterday that
    calls for fewer pillars, improved concessions and toilet
    facilities, wider concourses and new seats.  "The entire inside
    of the Stadium would be gutted, except for the structural steel."
    Total seating capacity would be reduced to 71,000, with 25,000
    closer to the field (Task Force).
    

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