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  • BUCS GET NAMING RIGHTS AS INCENTIVE TO STAY IN TAMPA

         In an effort to try and keep the Bucs from leaving, the
    Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) yesterday approved a stadium
    agreement turning over the naming rights for Tampa Stadium to the
    team.  According to TSA Chair Chuck Davis, if Bucs Owner Malcolm
    Glazer is able "to find a taker, the money is his."  Aside from
    the naming rights, there are also "other changes" in the
    agreement which "still need approval" from the Hillsborough
    County Commission and Tampa City Council.  Among the changes:
    the Bucs and TSA "will stop sharing" money made from parking and
    concessions when attendance goes above 52,500; team payments to
    TSA will fall by $150,000 a year; beginning next season, leasing
    luxury boxes will cost the team $200,000 annually instead of
    $300,000; and the team won't have to pay $50,000 for advertising
    at the stadium.  The new agreement "could bring the Bucs as much
    as $1.85 million more a year," and that they would return to the
    original arrangement "once the Bucs get a new or renovated
    stadium" (Jim Kenyon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/21).
         OTHER NAMING RIGHTS NEWS:  Diamondbacks Owner Jerry
    Colangelo said the ballpark to be built in downtown Phoenix will
    be named on April 4 or 5 (USA TODAY, 3/21).  Bank One has been
    mentioned as most likely to purchase naming rights.
    

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  • STADIUM TASK FORCE IN CINCINNATI MAY DROP SOME OHIO COUNTIES

         "Surprising several task force members," Regional Stadium
    Task Force Co-Chair Guy Guckenberger said yesterday that he
    "expects Cincinnati, Hamilton County and Boone, Campbell and
    Kenton counties in Kentucky to bear most of the cost for building
    or remodeling" stadiums for the Reds and Bengals.  In doing this,
    several counties in Ohio would be left "out of the picture."
    Guckenberger:  "I think there's a feeling that the closer you are
    to a downtown stadium, the more direct and greater the benefit
    and the more you contribute."  KY state Sen. Joe Meyer, however,
    believes "it's not fair that some Southwest Ohio counties could
    be excluded but all of Nothern Kentucky would be asked to pay."
    Leaders of the task force "plan to pursue an 'interstate compact'
    that would unite metropolitan Cincinnati counties into one
    entity" (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/21).
    

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