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     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).
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