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  • 49ERS ENVIOUS OF OAKLAND IMPROVEMENTS

         With all of the changes that the Oakland Coliseum is
    undergoing now that the Raiders are back, 49ers President Carmen
    Policy claims he wants a new stadium, according to Ira Miller in
    today's SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.  Policy:  "I think it's a sin
    for us to subject our fans to a stadium that's inferior to what
    Oakland has provided.  That has now accelerated our obligation
    and our desire to get a new stadium."  Miller notes, however,
    that the 49ers are "not threatening to leave the area."  Policy:
    "Whatever we do, we're going to do in concert with the community.
    We're not going to be adversaries" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE,
    9/1).
    

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  • CONSTRUCTION OF RAPTORS ARENA FACES HUGE SETBACK

         The Raptors' arena plans "have hit a snag" that will
    probably delay the start of construction past the Province's
    October 1 deadline and force the team to play an extra year at
    the SkyDome, according to Craig Daniels of the TORONTO SUN.  The
    delay is being caused by four parties, including the SkyDome, who
    said they will appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) the
    zoning approval granted by the city in July.  OMB COO Diana Marci
    said "it was impossible" to tell whether a formal hearing would
    be required without all necessary information.  If any party
    requires a hearing, it's "unlikely" the Raptors will have the
    foundation poured before October 1.  Missing the deadline would
    force the team to pay the Province a $1M penalty (TORONTO SUN,
    9/1).
    

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  • MILWAUKEE STADIUM FINANCING ALTERNATIVES GAINS MOMENTUM

          The WI Legislature's search for Brewers stadium
    construction money alternatives "gained momentum" when Gov. Tommy
    Thompson told northern WI audiences they should favor stadium-
    supporting taxes that are imposed only on Milwaukee and Waukesha
    counties, according to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.
    Legislators reportedly were already seeking financing
    alternatives before Thompson made his "stick it to 'em" remark
    about taxing the two counties.  Thompson later apologized saying
    his "choice of words" stemmed from enthusiasm for keeping the
    Brewers.  Financing alternatives include:  Expand the 1/10 of 1%
    sales tax to two additional counties, Washington and Ozaukee, and
    discard the 1% room tax for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.  2)
    An additional cigarette tax of $.05/pack in Milwaukee, Waukesha,
    Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties, and $.02/pack
    statewide (AP/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/1).
    

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  • ST. LOUIS DOME CLEARED FOR TAKE OFF WITH TWA

         TWA's naming rights deal for the new St. Louis dome was made
    official yesterday when it was announced that it will now be
    called the Trans World Dome.  In addition to its name being used
    in promotions, event advertising and signage, TWA plans to launch
    a promotion called "Touchdown TWA" which will highlight the
    airline's destinations and award free tickets after the first
    Rams touchdown at every game.  The airline also becomes the
    official airline of the Rams, and one of its aircraft will be
    painted in Rams colors (TWA).  Terms of the deal are for $1.3M a
    year for 20 years with an option for renewal (WASHINGTON POST,
    9/1).
    

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