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  • HAWKS HOPE TO STAY DOWNTOWN IN NEW ARENA

         A meeting between the Hawks and Atlanta city officials
    yesterday to discuss the possibility of a new downtown arena was
    "productive," according to both sides.  The Hawks have said they
    want to leave the Omni and "relocate to a modern arena" with more
    luxury boxes in the suburbs.  The city, however, would like to
    keep the team downtown.  Turner Broadcasting VP William Shaw said
    TBS Chair/Hawks Owner Ted Turner "is a big supporter of the city
    and, all things equal, he'd like to stay in the city."  A "few
    possible" Atlanta sites are being explored, but "no specific
    proposal" was made (Saporta & Unger, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/29).
    

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  • MEADOWLANDS UP NEXT FOR FINAL FOUR '96

         The Meadowlands, which will host the Final Four in '96,
    "figures to be the last 'small' facility to host the men's event
    in the foreseeable future," according to Michael Dobie of N.Y.
    NEWSDAY.  In the piece, Dobie notes the many "pros" and "cons" of
    holding the event at the Meadowlands.  Among the pros, "Boon for
    hotels, limos, stores and restaurants," and the "Media capital of
    the world."  Michael Rowe, Exec VP & GM of Meadowlands Arena and
    Giants Stadium:  "We've been told things are going terrific.  We
    meet with the [NCAA Tournament] committee every day.  I don't
    think anybody has any concern" (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 3/28).
    

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  • STATE TAX BILL THAT WOULD BENEFIT BUCS WINS "SWIFT APPROVAL"

         A bill designed "to expand the use of a 1-cent local option
    tourist development tax" for either a renovation of Tampa Stadium
    or the construction of a new facility "won swift approval"
    yesterday from a state House subcommittee.  The law, which was
    designed to help attract new teams to FL, allows local sports
    authorities "to keep a percentage of the sales tax they collect
    at sporting events" (Lucy Morgan, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/29).
    They can then use the money to help build new facilities or
    refurbish old ones.  According to state Rep. Jim Davis, passage
    "is critical" if Tampa Bay football fans hope to keep Bucs Owner
    Malcolm Glazer from moving (Phil Willon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/29).
    

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