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HORNETS OWNER SHINN INVESTIGATING AN UPTOWN ARENA AND NHL?

     Hornets Owner George Shinn is investigating the possible
construction of an uptown arena, according to the CHARLOTTE
BUSINESS JOURNAL.  Eric Spanberg reports that sports marketer Max
Muhleman is consulting with Shinn "about a building to play in
for a long-term basis."  Shinn and Muhleman recently attended a
playoff game in Chicago to observe the new United Center, which
has the type of "revenue-generating amenities" the Hornets want.
Spanberg notes Muhleman said the best way to make the new arena
work is to add an NHL franchise, even though Charlotte may still
"be a few years off."  Muhleman: "The best combination for a
building like the ones in Detroit and Chicago is to have two
franchises.  That way you have the strong appeal of selling
luxury suites and premium club seats as a package" (Erik
Spanberg, CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/29-6/2 issue).
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