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  • SI CALLS FOR FLEET TO LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC FORUM

         SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's "Scorecard" leads with a story on the
    controversy over the naming rights to the new Boston Garden.
    Before last week's buyout of Shawmut bank by Fleet Financial
    Group, the facility was to be called the Shawmut Center.  Now the
    name is up in the air, but there are rumors that the building may
    be named "Fleet Forum."  SI calls for Fleet to resist a corporate
    name: "The Hub deserves an arena with a name reflecting the
    city's rich athletic tradition.  How about the Russell-Orr
    Center, to honor two of the old Garden's great denizens?  Or
    simply the New Garden?  Fleet needn't festoon it's name all over
    the building for New Englanders to give it credit for helping to
    make the arena possible.  In fact, the bank might win greater
    public acclaim by allowing the two team's new home to bear a
    dignified name" (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 3/6 issue).
    

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  • WITHOUT MONEY OR TENANTS, L.A. COLISEUM PLANS FOR SUITES

         Without leases for the Raiders and USC or any money for
    capital improvements, the L.A. Coliseum Commission yesterday went
    ahead with a decision to try and build 21 luxury suites on top of
    a planned new press box by next fall.  The Commission later
    acknowledged that it may not be able to obtain the $10M loan
    needed to build the suites.  Commission President John Ferraro
    called the action "an indication we want to move ahead."  The
    construction of the press box is expected to be financed through
    a $6M earthquake repair grant from the federal government.  The
    Raiders did not play out their option to play in the stadium in
    '95.  However, the team, currently in negotiations with Hollywood
    Park officials for a new stadium, still could play in the
    Coliseum in '95, but not rent-free as it did in '94.
    Negotiations between the Coliseum and USC "have been hampered" by
    the school's "unwillingness" to pay rent if the Raiders do not
    (Kenneth Reich, L.A. TIMES, 3/2).
    

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