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         Heat Owner Micky Arison has reached an agreement with the
    city of Miami to extend the team's lease by two years to 2000,
    while he "looks for a new downtown site."  However, arena manager
    Leisure Management Int'l, half-owned by Marlins/Dolphins/Panthers
    Owner Wayne Huizenga, said it "will reject the proposed lease."
    Arison believes this "is a big conflict of interest," because
    Huizenga plans to build a new arena for the Panthers and would
    like the Heat as a tenant.  Arison: "The city of Miami's arena is
    being run by someone who says he plans to build an arena in Fort
    Lauderdale."  Miami Mayor Stephen Clark has agreed to the
    extension.  The city owns the land, and one of its agencies, the
    Miami Sports and Exposition Authority, owns the arena.  Leisure
    Management's Rob Franklin said Huizenga "has no role in these
    negotiations" (Ted Reed, MIAMI HERALD, 3/10).

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         The Twins have launched a campaign for a new baseball-only
    stadium, and "they've got the American League on their side."  AL
    President Gene Budig said he will go to Minnesota to look at
    "stadium improvements."  Twins Owner Carl Pohlad is not satisfied
    with the Metrodome: "It's a football stadium. ... We're going to
    start taking a look at all the options.  We're still in the
    exploratory phase."  In the Twin Cities, Jim Caple writes that
    considering how easy the city "rolled over" for the T-Wolves,
    "our only response to the Twins will be to ask what color scheme
    they want in the luxury suite" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/9).
         TARGET CENTER DEAL DONE TODAY?  The Minneapolis City Council
    will vote today on the public takeover of the Target Center.
    This would "finally clear the way" for likely Wolves Owner Glen
    Taylor to close his $88.5M acquisition of the NBA team from Marv
    Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner.  Taylor would sign a 30-year lease
    to play at the Target Center.  A last minute negotiated item
    would keep his property taxes low if he doesn't sell or move the
    team and could save Taylor "tens of millions of dollars over the
    next 30 years" (Bruce Oswall, ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 3/10).

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