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         Houston officials told Oilers Owner Bud Adams "no" in his
    attempts to get public subsidies for a $235M domed stadium in
    downtown Houston.  Also, Astros Owner Drayton McLane "faces an
    uphill battle" in his efforts to have more than $95M in
    improvements completed on the Astrodome, and it is "unclear"
    whether Rockets Owner Les Alexander can "muster" support for a
    new arena to replace the Summit, according to John Williams in
    the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz:
    "People in Houston are conservative by nature...They don't want
    to spend their own money because deep in their hearts, they
    believe that the Astrodome and the Summit are good places to play
    baseball, basketball, and football."  Adams has been the most
    vocal of the owners and has pledged to never play in the
    Astrodome again after the Oilers' lease expires in '97 (HOUSTON
    CHRONICLE, 8/5).

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         Mavericks Owner Don Carter says dealing with the city of
    Dallas on his new downtown sports arena project is like "like
    pulling a log through mud," according to the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.
    Frank Luksa writes, despite his frustration, Carter said he will
    exhaust every option with Dallas to build downtown before
    "negotiating with other suitors."  Carter: "There's a place I
    could build an arena right now and could be turning ground in 60
    days, but I'm not gonna do it.  I'm absolutely committed to
    trying everything else first" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/7).

    Print | Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Facilities

         Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga may keep the Panthers in Dade
    County, according to Dexter Filkins in the MIAMI HERALD.  After
    Huizenga and Heat Owner Micky Arison met last week, Filkins notes
    Dade County officials say signs "look better than ever" that
    there could be a deal to keep the Panthers in Dade County (MIAMI
    HERALD, 8/5)....In Atlanta, columnist Mark Bradley addressed the
    issue of tax money being used to build a new arena for the Hawks.
    Bradley writes that Hawks Owner Ted Turner "wants to buy a
    network, which presumably means it is prepared to spend billions.
    If a business can afford to pay billions, it should be able to
    handle a piddling $200 million.  Why should public money be used
    when there's private money available?  Why should taxpayers bear
    even a penny of the cost? ...Turner Broadcasting has the money.
    It needs none of ours" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/6)....Ted
    Jackovics writes in the TAMPA TRIBUNE about St. Petersburg's
    ThunderDome, "The Tampa Bay Devil Rays won't play baseball there
    until 1998, but already some business activity is taking place
    around the Dome."  He notes the property value around the stadium
    is rising and local merchants have been approached about selling
    their businesses (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/7)....In Boston, Will
    McDonough writes Red Sox officials will sit down with Gillette
    this month "to see if they can make a deal on the land belonging
    to Gillette near South Station, where the Red Sox want to locate
    their new stadium" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/5).

    Print | Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Red Sox, Facilities, Miami Heat, Tampa Bay Rays
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