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  • COLLEGIATE STADIUM ROUNDUP: HOUSTON WILL REMAIN AT ASTRODOME

         Unlike their professional brethren, the Univ. of Houston
    plans on extending its lease at the Astrodome.  Houston AD Bill
    Carr notes their lease ends after this year, but he expects to
    begin discussions soon and hopes to get a multi-year agreement.
    The Cougars have played at the Astrodome since 1965 (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 8/17)....Univ. of Maryland officials expect the second
    phase of renovation on Byrd Stadium to be completed by September
    1.  Improvements include a new upper deck on the North side of
    the stadium that brings seating capacity to 48,000.  The stadium
    will also have new restrooms and concession stands.  The total
    cost is $42.2M (Kevin Seifert, WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/17).
    

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  • COOKE CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR FAST TRACK APPROVAL FOR MD SITE

         Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke continues to battle for fast-
    track approval for a new stadium site in Landover, MD.  But he is
    hearing opposition from groups who want guarantees that "blacks
    get a hefty slice of the economic pie," according to this
    morning's WASHINGTON POST.  The site is located in Prince
    George's County, which has an African-American majority
    population.  Opposition groups say they fear Cooke's push for
    quick approval "would circumvent their ability to review the
    project."  Cooke attorney Gerard Evans called those protesting
    "anti-everything organizations."  Evans:  "Frankly, I would have
    been shocked if they did support the stadium" (Terry Neal,
    WASHINGTON POST, 8/17).
    

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  • MEGAPLEX SUPPORTERS MAY NOW HAVE A "SPLITTING" HEADACHE

         Stephen Tocco, MA Gov. William Weld's "point man" on the
    megaplex project, said yesterday that the governor's office
    "might agree to splitting up the project and building its pieces
    at separate locations," writes Richard Kindleberger in this
    morning's BOSTON GLOBE.  Tocco said the prospects of separate
    baseball and football stadiums along with a stand-alone
    convention center "was only an option."  However, Kindleberger
    writes that "his remarks appeared to reflect the dimming
    prospects for a combined facility."
    Tocco said yesterday that the breakup of the megaplex may now
    mean that a new stadium for the Patriots would be an open-air
    facility.  Kindleberger reports "if the megaplex were broken up,
    the state might help the Patriots" build the facility "since a
    more-expensive, domed facility would no longer be needed to hold
    convention-related events. ... Such help might include providing
    a site and highway-transit improvements."  That site could be the
    CrossTown site rejected for the megaplex in the city's Roxbury
    section, the GLOBE reports.  Tocco suggested that the Patriots
    and Red Sox could possibly build adjacent stadiums at the
    CrossTown site and share infrastructure costs.  However, Red Sox
    Exec VP John Buckley "said the team remains committed to its
    chosen South Boston site" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/17).
    

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  • PLAN FOR BREWERS NEW STADIUM TO CALL FOR TAX INCREASE

         The plan for a new Brewers stadium will include "a call for
    new taxes in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties," but excludes other
    counties in the Milwaukee area, sources tell the MILWAUKEE
    JOURNAL SENTINEL.  The plan is expected to propose a one-tenth of
    a penny increase in sales taxes in the two counties and
    possibility an increase in hotel and motel room taxes.  The
    Brewers are expected to contribute: The value of the naming
    rights for the facility -- with Miller Brewing mentioned as a
    candidate; a down payment of $10M-$15M; and a loan to the team
    from the WI Housing and Economic Development Authority.
    Milwaukee County would be expected to contribute money for
    infrastructure costs, including the land for the facility -- the
    current parking lot just beyond centerfield at County Stadium.
    The plan will reportedly call for the creation of a stadium
    authority which could raise the taxes discussed to finance the
    project (Craig Gilbert, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/17).
    

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