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  • DEVELOPER CONFIRMS SITE COULD HOLD REDSKINS STADIUM

         Developer Kingdon Gould confirmed yesterday that he has
    discussed a joint "undertaking" with Jack Kent Cooke to build a
    stadium on his land in Prince George's County, MD, according to
    this morning's WASHINGTON POST.  The stadium would be the center
    of the Konterra development Gould is planning on building on the
    2,000 acres of land he owns on either side of I-95, just north of
    the Capital Beltway.  Gould says he would be involved in a
    stadium project:  "I wouldn't sell the property to Mr. Cooke.
    I'm not very good at selling."  However, Gould emphasized that
    the Konterra site is still a backup site for the stadium.  Cooke
    has been in a "zoning fight" with officials in Anne Arundel
    County, MD, over a proposed site just four miles north of the
    Konterra site, near Laurel Race Track.  Prince George's County
    officials say they are "leery about being used as a negotiating
    tool by Cooke, who has eyed sites across the metropolitan area
    for five years."  MD Delegate James Rosapepe says the fact that
    Cooke has not commented himself on the Konterra site "concerns"
    him:  "It seems to me that he ought to come clean if he's
    thinking about this location" (Michael Abramowitz, WASHINGTON
    POST, 2/7).  One Prince George's Councilman Walter Maloney is
    already saying that traffic problems make Konterra "unsuitable"
    for a stadium (Rivera & Morris, Baltimore SUN, 2/7).
    

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  • FAIRFAX COUNTY PICKS SITES FOR MLB STADIUM IN NO. VIRGINIA

         The 33-member Fairfax County, VA, task force unanimously
    recommended three sites for a proposed MLB stadium last night
    after two months of discussion.  A 164-acre site near Dulles
    Airport, 80 acres near the Tysons Corner shopping development and
    a site currently owned by the U.S. Army near Springfield, will
    compete with sites in Loudoun County if Northern VA is selected
    for MLB expansion.  Fairfax County officials will not make any
    further evaluation of the sites until MLB makes a decision.  If
    selected, state officials "plan to establish" a stadium authority
    that would acquire financing for a park.  The county has a $300M
    plan to build and lease a 50,000-seat stadium (Lorraine Woellert,
    WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/7).  The Tysons Corner site was lauded by
    several committee members as "an excellent location, because it
    is the county's 'downtown' and because a stadium there would
    speed the process of extending commuter rail to Tysons."
    Opponents of all three sites cited traffic concerns (Eric Lipton,
    WASHINGTON POST, 2/7).
    

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  • MASS. LEGISLATURE NOT BOWING TO KRAFT'S DEMANDS

         MA legislative leaders say they "won't be pressured" by
    Patriots Owner Robert Kraft into financing projects to keep the
    team from leaving the state.  Gov. William Weld is expected to
    file a legislative package worth "something less than" $100M to
    help Kraft build a training camp and improve access to Foxboro
    Stadium.  But the BOSTON GLOBE's Scot Lehigh writes, "At a time
    when some states and cities are bending over backward to keep
    their professional teams happy, and others have wooed NFL teams
    with huge revenue guarantees, the prevailing attitude among
    Beacon Hill legislative leaders is that it is inappropriate to
    use public resources to help a private enterprise."  Thomas
    Finneran, MA House Ways and Means chair, says Kraft's image as a
    "local savior" for buying the team should not give him the "right
    to expect the state to bail him out of a bad business deal."
    House Speaker Charles Flaherty: "The last time I checked Rome,
    London, Paris or Tokyo, none of them had an NBA, NFL, NHL or
    major league baseball franchise, and I think anybody would list
    them in the top 10 world-class cities" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/6).
    

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  • OTTAWA HIRES FIRM TO SELL AAA STADIUM NAME

         The City of Ottawa has hired a communications firm to sell
    the naming rights to the city's baseball stadium for C$2M in
    order to recover some of the cost of building the stadium.
    Chelsea Communications convinced the city that it could find a
    sponsor for that price -- even after the city failed to convince
    any corporations to buy the rights for C$1.5M.  Chelsea will keep
    a 15% commission if it can strike a deal.  Pierre Grandmaitre,
    Ottawa's acting commissioner for recreation and culture:  "They
    are telling me they can sell it for $2M, so why should I say no?"
    (Brandie Weikle, OTTAWA CITIZEN, 2/6).
    

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