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  • HUIZENGA LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FROM BUSINESS COMMUNITY

         The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has promised
    to help Panthers owner Wayne Huizenga "rally support for a 20,000
    seat arena," according to Tracy Kolody in this morning's Ft.
    Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL.  In Broward County, Huizenga "wants to
    increase" the current 3% hotel tax to 5% "as the main way" to pay
    for the $100-150M arena.  However the idea has met criticism from
    the county Tourist Development Council.  Innkeepers in the county
    said they "would only go along with raising the bed tax if the
    county also puts a tax on restaurant meals, bars, attractions,
    transportation firms and parking lots that would benefit from an
    arena."  Supporters say an arena "will put Broward on the big-
    league map, raising its profile in the battle for tourists" (Ft.
    Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 2/24).
    

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  • RAPTORS NEW ARENA READY FOR TAKEOFF WITH AIR CANADA

         The Raptors will announce today that "they have sold the
    name rights to their new arena" to Air Canada (Neil Campbell,
    Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 2/24).  The deal is reportedly worth
    C$20M over a 20-year span and is "believed to be the most money
    ever paid for a title sponsorship in Canada."  The airline could
    also serve as the Raptor's charter carrier.  According to an Air
    Canada source, the "appeal" to Air Canada Chair Hollis Harris "is
    clear" -- he is an American, and "several of his U.S. competitors
    have become title sponsors."  For example, America West in
    Phoenix, United Center in Chicago, and USAir Arena in Landover,
    MD (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 2/24).
    

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  • STATE OF THE ARENAS: ARROWHEAD POND OF ANAHEIM

         The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim is home to the Mighty Ducks
    and secondary home for the Clippers, who will play six games in
    Orange County in '94-95.  The Clippers average 17,656 at the
    Pond, but only 8,345 at the L.A. Sports Arena, where they play
    the majority of their games.  While there has been talk that the
    Clippers would benefit from a move to Anaheim, the team would
    have no control over advertising and luxury seating, both
    controlled by the Ducks.
    ARENA:         The Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, CA.
    TENANTS:       Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, L.A. Clippers (6 games).
    AGE:           Opened June 19, 1993.
    OWNERSHIP:     City of Anaheim.
    MANAGEMENT:    Ogden Facility Management.
    COST:          $120M, paid through sale of bonds by the city.
    CAPACITY:      17,174 for hockey, 18,200 for basketball.
    LUXURY SEATS:  84 luxury suites that can accommodate 10-14
         people cost $69,000-99,000 a year.  Boxes leased
    on 3-, 5- and 7-year agreements.  Ducks tickets             and
    preferred parking are included.  Ducks and
                   Ogden split first $10M in luxury box revenue.
                   After $10M, the team receives 45%, Ogden 55%.
    NAMING RIGHTS: Arrowhead Water Co. has leased the naming rights
                   for $1M-$1.5M a year for 5 years.  Ogden receives
                   $500,000 of the fee, Disney receives the rest.
    CONCESSIONS:   Ogden Entertainment Services controls operations,
                   team receives 22.5% of gross concession revenue.
    ADVERTISING:   Ducks control and receive all hockey-related
                   advertising revenue.  Ogden and team split all
                   remaining advertising 50/50.
    PARKING:       Ogden controls, team receives 42.5% of parking
                   revenue, Ogden receives 42.5%, City receives 15%.
                   For Clippers and other events, the city and Ogden
                   split revenue.
    GAME-DAY:      Ogden responsible for employees.
    LEASE:         Multi-year contract, figures not available.
    MAINTENANCE:   Ogden is responsible for maintenance.
    RENT:          Ducks pay rent equal to 7.5% of ticket receipts.
    (Sources: John Nicoletti, P.R. Manager for the Pond; "Inside the
    Ownership of Professional Sports Teams," by Much & Friedman).
    

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