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  • OHIO CONSIDERING FUNDING STADIUMS THROUGH SPORTS LOTTERIES

         A task force convened by OH Gov. George Voinovich will begin
    work March 1 to determine the best way to fund new stadiums and
    "repair existing ones" in the state.  In preparation, Voinovich
    staffers are "collecting material from cities nationwide with new
    arenas, stadiums, and ballparks to study what creative methods
    were used to finance the facilities" -- including Baltimore where
    lottery tickets were used to finance Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
    Voinovich has previously rejected any lottery funding.  Voinovich
    Press Secretary Mike Dawson:  "It doesn't mean we're supporting a
    specific position.  It just means we're going to look at
    everything."  Bengals GM Mike Brown and Browns owner Art Modell
    have urged Voinovich to consider a lottery (Richard Green,
    CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/25).
         SCHOTT EYES NEW STADIUM SITE:  Reds Owner Marge Schott has
    asked HOK Sport to explore ways to link a new ballpark with
    downtown (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/25).
    

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  • STADIUM NEGOTIATIONS IN INGLEWOOD HIT "SNAG"

         Negotiations for a new Raiders stadium at Hollywood Park
    have hit a "snag that could jeopardize" the project. Hollywood
    Park CEO R.D. Hubbard has said "there will be no stadium unless
    the NFL commits to at least three Super Bowls at the location."
    Hubbard:  "I'm very pessimistic at this time.  The NFL has not
    committed to what we feel we need to make the deal work."
    Although the NFL has "publicly indicated that it would be willing
    to help Los Angeles get a state-of-the-art stadium and offered
    Super Bowls as a way to make it worth the effort, no formal
    promise or plan has been made" (John Cherwa, L.A. TIMES, 2/24).
    NFL Dir of Commun. Greg Aiello said "it's doubtful that the
    league can guarantee Super Bowls for the Inglewood stadium," and
    that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's promise of five Super Bowls
    was good "only if the NFL financed its own stadium" (Bernie
    Miklasz, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 2/27).
    

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  • USF AND BUCCANEERS COULD JOINTLY USE STADIUM

         The Univ. of South Florida is reportedly interested in
    playing in a new stadium with the Buccaneers, according to
    yesterday's TAMPA TRIBUNE.  Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer "has made
    it clear he wants his recent acqusition showcased in a new
    stadium," preferably one ready for '97.  If a new stadium is
    built, USF President Betty Castor sees it as a possible venue for
    USF's team, which school officials hope to field by '97 (Kevin
    Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/26).
    

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