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  • ARE YANKEES' OPTIONS LIMITED ON A NEW FACILITY IN THE BRONX?

         A top Yankees official told the N.Y. TIMES that "it may be
    impossible to rebuild the historic stadium in a way that would
    satisfy" Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner.  The comments by
    Yankees Exec VP & General Counsel David Sussman "may be a sign"
    that if the team stays in New York, it "would most likely" be in
    a modern ballpark on the West Side of Manhattan.  The team is
    said to be considering a move to New Jersey (Richard Sandomir,
    N.Y. TIMES, 3/9).
    

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  • BOSTONIANS HOPE FLEET DON'T FAIL THEM NOW

         A decision on a new name for the "short-lived" Shawmut Center
    may come as early as this Friday, according to Steff Gelston of
    the BOSTON HERALD.  Fleet Financial Group acquired Shawmut Bank
    last month, included the naming rights to the new Boston Garden.
    According to Fitch Inc., a Boston firm responsible for developing
    the new logo for the arena, Fleet has narrowed their name choices
    to three.  Fitch Inc. would not comment, but other sources believe
    that "Fleet Forum," "Fleet Arena" and "Fleet Center" are the
    contenders.  "Fleet Garden" has been ruled out "because it was
    feared that Bostonians would revert to calling the new arena what
    they've always called it: 'the Garden'" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/8).  Bob
    Ryan says that Fleet would be wasting its money by putting its
    name on the arena because fans will always call it "the Garden"
    (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/8).
         AND THE PATS:  MA Gov. Bill Weld will delay filing
    legislation to assist Patriots Owner Robert Kraft until he sees
    whether a legislative panel deals with Patriots-related needs.  In
    January, Weld said he would file a bill within 30 days calling for
    up to $100M in state funds to improve state roads and parking near
    Foxboro.  That bill is now on hold (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD,
    3/8).
    

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  • COMSAT HIRES PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR NEW ARENA

         COMSAT Corp. has hired Tim Romani as project director for the
    new basketball/hockey arena in Denver that is scheduled to open in
    '97.  Romani had served as Exec Dir of the IL Sports Facilities
    Authority before taking the Denver job.  There, he was responsible
    for construction of the new Comiskey Park, a $185M project that
    was completed on schedule and under budget in April '91.  Tim
    Leiweke, President of COMSAT's Rocky Mountain Entertainment, on
    Romani: "His expertise in constructing sports facilities ensures
    Denver of receiving a showcase arena that will be one of the
    finest in the country."  Leiweke and Romani were in Anaheim last
    week to visit Arrowhead Pond, designed by HOK -- also architects
    for Denver's arena (Chance Conner, DENVER POST, 3/8).
    

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  • GUND ARENA TO LIFT PLAYING SURFACE 4-8 INCHES

         "Stung by numerous complaints about bad sightlines" at the
    new Gund Arena, the Cavaliers have decided to raise the playing
    floor, according to Bob Dyer of the Akron BEACON JOURNAL.  The
    team hopes this move will enable fans sitting in the lower bowl to
    see over the heads of the fans sitting in front of them.  Cavs
    President/COO Tom Chestnut would not discuss the specifics, the
    cost or the timetable other than to say that, "in the best of all
    possible worlds," a change could be made even before the end of
    the season.  A source close to the team says the plan calls for
    the raising the floor either four or eight inches (BEACON JOURNAL,
    3/8).
    

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  • REDSKINS STILL SEARCHING; COOKE READY TO PLAY BALTIMORE CARD?

         Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, "increasingly frustrated by
    zoning delays, is ready to pull the plug on efforts to build a
    football stadium" near Laurel, MD, and has "intensified his
    search" for a new site in Prince George's County, MD, according to
    Michael Abramowitz of the WASHINGTON POST.  Sources familiar with
    the planning said that Cooke not only is concerned about the
    prospect of a long fight with local opponents, "but also has come
    to realize" that he will not sway MD Gov. Parris Glendening from
    opposition to the Laurel site.  Glendening reaffirmed his
    opposition to the Laurel site in an interview last night.  Several
    sites in Prince George's County are the "leading contenders," but
    state government sources said that Cooke has not ruled out moving
    his team near Camden Yards in Baltimore.  The state already has
    approved funding to build a stadium in the event Baltimore
    attracts an NFL franchise (WASHINGTON POST, 3/9).
    

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