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The AAA-Edmonton Trappers signed a deal Thursday with Canadian telecom company, the TELUS Corp., for naming rights to the Trappers' new ball park. The new stadium will be called "TELUS Field" starting next season (TELUS).
DC Mayor Marion Barry last night ended a $48M plan to lease two office buildings for use by city workers displaced by construction of a planned downtown arena, according to the WASHINGTON POST. Barry, who was to lease the buildings from developer R. Donahue Peebles, a long-time friend and political supporter, blamed "political chicanery" (Loeb & Schneider, WASHINGTON POST, 9/8).
A four-county sales tax gained support from state legislators Thursday as an option for paying for a new stadium for the Brewers, according to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. WI state official James Klauser told legislators that by adding Washington and Ozaukee counties to the areas for a one-tenth-of- a-cent sales tax increase, it would end the need for the hotel- motel surtax in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. This proposal was presented on the third day of four public hearings on the proposed new stadium (Steven Walters, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/8). TWINS LIKE WHAT THEY SEE: Sid Hartman writes from the Twin Cities that Twins VP Jerry Bell thinks Owner Carl Pohlad would be willing to invest money under the same "circumstances" as Milwaukee to get a new retractable roof stadium for the Twins (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/5).
Despite a last-minute "nibble" from Apple Computers, S.F. Recreation and Parks Commissioners took "only minutes" to approve a deal selling the naming rights to Candlestick Park to 3Com, according to the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. As "3Com Park" signs go up at the stadium today, the deal gives the city $500,000 for the first year, and an additional $3.5M if the deal is extended until the year 2000 (Steve Rubenstein, S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/8). Herb Caen noted in the CHRONICLE: "Come to think of it, 3Com may be appropriate for the Giants' powerful box office draw. Judging by what I glimpsed on the tube, only 3Com to the 'Stick for Tuesday night's game" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 9/8).