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  • HOLD THE PHONE! MCI CENTER HELD UP ON JUDGE'S RULING

         Abe Pollin's MCI Center "remained in limbo" yesterday as DC
    Superior Court Judge Linda Turner Hamilton said she won't decide
    until tomorrow if next week's groundbreaking can proceed as
    scheduled, according to the WASHINGTON POST.  Hamilton said the
    city could prepare the site for construction, including moving
    city employees from buildings on the site, but other steps must
    be put on hold until she hears on BET President Robert Johnson's
    argument against the project (Haggerty & Miller, WASHINGTON POST,
    10/12).
    

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  • STADIUM CONSTRUCTION BOOM LOOMING IN THE STEEL CITY?

         Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said Tuesday he plans to form a
    committee to study options regarding a new baseball park and the
    city's other two sports facilities, the Civic Arena and Three
    Rivers Stadium, according to the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.  "Faced
    with demands" from the Steelers and Pirates, ideas such as
    building a domed football stadium/convention center and a new
    stadium for the Pirates, or turning over Three Rivers to the
    Rooney family to run privately have all been discussed.  Murphy
    called both ideas "premature" (Mark Belko, PITTSBURGH POST-
    GAZETTE, 10/11).
         NO CITY MONEY:  Tom Barnes writes in the POST-GAZETTE that
    Murphy's in "wish-list" for $309M in capital spending unveiled
    this week before City Council, there are no mentions of a stadium
    (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/10).  Steelers President Dan Rooney
    said city officials need to make a decision "immediately" about
    Three Rivers.  While he did not threaten to move, he did say, at
    a minimum, Three Rivers needs a $75M face-lift for the team to
    "compete financially" (Ed Bouchette, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE,
    10/10).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES: OPPOSITION TO DETROIT STADIUM FUNDING

         A poll in Wednesday's DETROIT FREE PRESS shows that,
    statewide, 67% oppose the use of state money to build a new
    downtown stadium for the Tigers (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 10/11).
    ...The MA House Ways and Means Committee is likely to issue a
    megaplex bill that directs the MA Convention Center Authority to
    call for proposals from private developers (BOSTON GLOBE,
    10/12)....The Florida Restaurant Association "rallied" local
    members last night to "fight vigorously" any plan for a
    restaurant tax to help pay for a new football stadium in Tampa
    (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/12).
    

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  • SWEET HOME CHICAGO: DALEY OFFERS PLAN FOR SOLDIER FIELD

         Chicago Mayor Richard Daley issued a "stern warning" to
    Bears President Michael McCaskey saying he will offer plans next
    week to refurbish Soldier Field, but those plans will not be as
    "lavish" as McCaskey has demanded, according to today's CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE.  Kass & Kirby note Daley's renovation plans are modeled
    after a '92 renovation effort that became "bogged down" when the
    Mayor and McCaskey could not agree on financing for the then-$70M
    project (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/12).  In the SUN-TIMES, Fran
    Spielman writes the new plan is more "elaborate" and will include
    adding 4,000 premium club seats, a glass-enclosed VIP lounge and
    a new lease that "pumps millions of dollars" more each year to
    the Bears.  Daley is skeptical about McCaskey's reaction at next
    week's presentation:  "I don't think anything can satisfy his
    demands" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/12).
    

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