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  • CITY CLAIMS LATE PAYMENT TO BENGALS IS REDS' FAULT

         The city of Cincinnati, told Sunday by Bengals GM Mike Brown
    that a late concession payment broke the lease between the
    football team and city, blamed the situation on late payments
    from the Reds.  Brown said the city did not deliver about
    $168,000 of concession money by a February deadline, which city
    officials blamed on a change in the payment patterns of the Reds.
    City Council members were given a brief on Monday by the city
    solicitor's office that disputed the Bengals claim that the lease
    was violated.  Councilman Dwight Tillery: "It appears that Mike
    is beginning to wage a campaign that will make him look deserving
    of walking away from the city of Cincinnati."  Brown made
    comments Monday that his team was a "free agent" because of the
    lease problem.  Both Baltimore and St. Louis were mentioned as
    possible sites for the team if they were to leave Cincinnati
    (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/14).
         STAND BY YOUR MAN:  Brown "has the support of several NFL
    owners in his clash with the city."  Patriots Owner Robert Kraft:
    "We're in a similar situation.  If you can't do something about
    the situation you're in you have to look elsewhere."  Broncos
    Owner Pat Bowlen agreed: "The landscape is littered with cities
    who have refused to accommodate teams with better facilities.
    Cities have to realize stadiums are becoming a very big factor.
    When a city closes its eyes, it runs the risk of losing its team"
    (Geoff Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/14).  In St. Louis, FANS
    Inc. spokesperson Al Kerth joked:  "We're committed to doing
    everything in our power to seeing the Rams through.  What's
    Mike's number?  Just kidding" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/14).
    

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  • RFK STADIUM CHOSEN TO HOST U.S. SOCCER

         U.S. Soccer officials will announce that Washington has been
    chosen as one of the sites to host U.S. Cup '95, according to
    this morning's WASHINGTON POST.  Two of the tournament matches,
    including one with the U.S. team, will be held at RFK Stadium.
    The U.S. will take on Mexico on June 18 and Mexico will play
    Colombia in June 21.  The games will be shown live on ABC and
    ESPN2.  Other sites include Rutgers Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, and
    Foxboro Stadium (Steven Goff, WASHINGTON POST, 3/14).
    

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