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ARE THESE LIONS READY TO MOVE TO A NEW DEN?

     The Lions may leave the Silverdome and move to Detroit
unless the city of Pontiac renegotiates its lease, according to
reports this morning in the DETROIT NEWS.  Lions VP William Clay
Ford, Jr., said he has met with Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer about
the team returning to the city it left in 1975.  Ford: "He would
love to have us back."  The Lions receive no income from parking,
stadium concessions, or luxury suites, pay more than $2M on
ticket surcharge, office spaces and game-day expenses.  Ford said
the Lions are the only team in the NFL that doesn't receive such
stadium generated revenue.  Ford: "When we signed our lease, it
was a fine lease.  The problem is, the competitive landscape has
changed dramatically in the NFL" (DETROIT NEWS, 2/16).
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