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CONTINUED NBA LOCKOUT WOULD HIT ARENAS WHERE IT HURTS

     "Orlando taxpayers would lose nearly $1 million if Shaquille
O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, and the rest of the NBA take the season
off because of labor troubles," according to Dan Tracy in today's
ORLANDO SENTINEL.  "Without the Magic, the [Orlando Arena] would
be hard-pressed to break even.  Losses would have to be made up
from arena savings or the city's tight general fund."  Arena
manager Bill Becker:  "It's pay me now or pay me later.  It's
scary when you think what could possibly happen."  Tracy adds
that 300 ticket takers, ushers, vendors, and parking-lot
attendants could lose their jobs. Randy Davis, owner of Norrell
Staffing Services:  "We employ a lot of folks who don't make that
much money in their regular jobs.  A lot of them depend on that
extra money" (Dan Tracy, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/8).  In Charlotte,
Rick Bonnell reports that 20 schools and other charitable groups
that staff Charlotte Coliseum concession stands could lose up to
$100,000 each if the NBA season is cancelled (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER,
8/8).
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