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         Florida Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga announced six possible
    sites for a new $100M-$150M arena for his hockey team.  Locations
    include two properties in Ft. Lauderdale, Miramar, Sunrise,
    Hollywood and Dade, near Joe Robbie Stadium.  The new arena would
    be completed by 1998.  Within the next 60 days, Huizenga is
    "expected to decide whether his planned hockey arena belongs on a
    site with room to grow in suburbia, or squeezed into a few acres"
    along the water in Fort Lauderdale.  Huizenga says he must move
    his team out of Miami Arena because his lease runs out in '98 and
    he is losing money playing there.  He has been looking for a site
    for his Panthers since his plans for Blockbuster Park fell
    through last year.  Wherever the new arena is built, the local
    government will be asked to "provide financial help to build it,"
    according to Huizenga Holdings spokesperson Jim Blosser.
    Blosser: "This is a community effort.  Unless there is a show of
    community support, we don't think it is going to happen" (Karen
    Rafinski, MIAMI HERALD, 2/16).
         LOOKING FOR BEST DEAL:  Today's Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL
    reports that, "by shopping around, Huizenga may be playing the
    sites against each other to get the best deal."  Many of the
    possible sites are offering incentives for him to build the new
    arena in their cities.  Hollywood is offering a 25% rebate on
    city taxes, Fort Lauderdale has "assembled a panel of powerful
    business leaders to present its case," and others such as
    Sunrise, "are working behind the scenes to see how they can
    sweeten their deals" (Bendick & LaMendola, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-
    SENTINEL, 2/17).

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         Dallas City Council members "remain split" over whether to
    build a new arena for the Stars and Mavericks or renovate Reunion
    Arena.  In a meeting on Wednesday, the council discussed the pros
    and cons of renovation and construction   -- with some members
    saying that talk of renovation "is further slowing down
    negotiations."  A "slight majority" favors building a "new state-
    of-the-art downtown facility," estimated at $141.1M.  Renovation
    costs range from $22.3M to $117.8M (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS, 2/16).
         ARLINGTON SEEKS ARENA:  A group organized by local business
    and civic leaders in Arlington, TX, is planning to collect 25,000
    signatures by mid-March and present them to Mavs Owner Don Carter
    and Stars Owner Norm Green.  The petition will ask the owners to
    "seriously consider Arlington for the arena site if efforts to
    strike a deal with the city of Dallas fail" (Karen Lincoln
    Michel, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/16).

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