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  • COMMISSION APPROVES A "TAJ MAHAL" OF SPORTS IN BEANTOWN

         The 13-member MA Convention Center Commission unanimously
    voted yesterday to build a downtown Boston convention-sports
    complex that could include stadiums for the Patriots and the Red
    Sox and cost as much as $1B. Now the "real challenge" is in
    forming a financial plan that "brings in the private investment
    interest that everyone agrees is crucial and win legislative
    approval."  The commission also eliminated two sites, leaving
    three sites in the running (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE,
    4/20).
    According to records filed with the MA Secretary of State,
    Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Foxboro Stadium Associates has paid
    $8,500 to the lobbying firm of Joyce and Joyce during the
    megaplex debate.  New Boston Garden Corp. paid $19,500 to
    lobbyist William Coyne in '94 and '95 to "monitor megaplex
    issues" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 4/20).
    

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  • GIANTS IN THE POLITICAL SCENE? TEAM HIRES LOBBYISTS

         The S.F. Giants and the developer of a possible ballpark in
    the city's Mission Bay area have been paying two "well-known"
    lobbyists "big bucks" to advance plans for a new ballpark,
    according to a report in the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER.  According
    to financial disclosure statements filed by the lobbyists for the
    first three months of '95, the team and Catellus Devlopment Corp.
    have paid out a total of $21,500 to lobbyists Marcia Smolens and
    Jack Davis.  San Francisco voters have twice voted against a new
    stadium, and according to the EXAMINER, some activists are
    "already vowing to fight any new plan, particularly if public
    financing is involved."  Giants VP Larry Baer:  "We need to work
    with people who understand the political and governmental side of
    the issue."  Baer added that the team has hired different
    consultants to work on "a variety of angles," including,
    architecture, financing and political issues (Rachel Gordon, SAN
    FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 4/20).
    

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  • JUST ANOTHER DAY IN TAMPA BAY: QUESTIONS FOR BUCS, RAYS

         Hillsborough County Administrator Dan Kleman released a new
    $98M renovation plan for Tampa Stadium that calls for "local
    public dollars to pick up less than a third of the cost."  Under
    Kleman's plan, $30M would be raised through the sale of Permanent
    Seat Licenses (Kevin Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/19).  The Glazer
    family, new owners of the Bucs, refused to say if Kleman's
    proposal was "adequate" for the team to stay.  In this morning's
    ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, Larry Dougherty writes that "the Glazers'
    position ultimately remains unchanged from the January day when
    they struck a deal to purchase the team -- the day Joel Glazer
    said 'this city needs a new stadium to make it work' -- the stage
    may be set for a stalemate" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/20).
         MORE DEADLINES:  The City of St. Petersburg has asked
    Pinellas County Commissioners to raise the county's tourist tax
    to pay for their $20M obligation for improvements to make the
    Thunderdome baseball-ready.  However, the commissioners will not
    be able to vote on the issue until May 9.  MLB has set a April 30
    deadline for the Devil Rays to submit a stadium lease; and local
    officials have asked Rays Owner Vince Naimoli to request more
    time. Naimoli will reportedly consider the request, "but might
    not agree" to honor it, according to team officials.  Rays
    General Council John Higgins: "He still wants to see what path
    we're travelling down" (Neusner & Moncada, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/20).
    

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