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  • NEW CROSSROADS ARENA IN BUFFALO GETS GREEN LIGHT

         The Public Authorities Control Board, made up of NY state
    leaders, yesterday approved a $25M loan for the new Crossroads
    Arena in Buffalo, ending weeks of "backroom wrangling" over
    stadium projects throughout the state (BUFFALO NEWS, 3/24).  The
    vote had been twice postponed because Republicans and Democrats
    "could not agree" on a $488,150 grant to refurbish a hockey arena
    in Binghamton.  NY Gov. George Pataki accused Democrats of
    holding the Binghamton arena "hostage" in order to win funding
    for a new baseball stadium in Syracuse.  Until Wednesday,
    Republicans "refused to allow" the Crossroads loan to go ahead
    without approval for Binghamton (Jon Sorensen, BUFFALO NEWS,
    3/23).
    

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  • PANTHERS TAKE ARENA PROPOSAL TO BROWARD COUNCIL

         Aides to FL Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga received "cautious
    support" for its arena proposal yesterday from the Broward County
    Tourist Development Council.  Council members were "particularly
    sensitive" over Huizenga's proposed "bed tax," a county-wide tax
    on hotel and motel guests.  Revenue from that tax would be a
    "crucial source" of funds for the project.  Some board members
    said they would recommend an increase in that tax "under one
    condition only":  If an arena is built close enough to the ocean
    that many hotels would benefit.  The price for a new arena is
    estimated at $150-165M (Eric Conrad, Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL,
    3/24).
    

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  • PLENTY OF SUPPORT FOR NEW MARINERS STADIUM

         The Mariners unveiled their plans for a new ballpark
    yesterday, and although the plan lacks the $250M needed "to make
    it a reality," it does have "growing support."  According to
    Mariners CEO John Ellis, the stadium plan has backing from King
    County officials, the Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's office,
    U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and the Sports Council of Seattle/King
    Counties -- and a new lobbying effort by a group called, Friends
    of Baseball.  If the new park is approved, the Mariners "have
    agreed" to help find up to 35% private financing for
    construction, to sign a long-term lease and to share profits of
    the facility with the public (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-
    INTELLIGENCER, 3/24).
    

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