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  • ARENA DISPUTE HEATING UP IN MIAMI: CITY PRIORITIZES

         Miami city leaders met in an "emergency meeting" Wednesday
    and discussed ways to keep the Heat from leaving. Joanne
    Cavanaugh reports the city, which doesn't control the team's
    lease at Miami Arena, voted to try legal maneuvering to force the
    arena's operator to the negotiating table.  The arena is operated
    by Leisure Management, 50% owned by Panthers Owner Wayne
    Huizenga.  City leaders charge a conflict of interest, since
    Huizenga is seeking a new arena in Broward County and the city's
    lease with Leisure prevents them from building a competing venue.
    Leisure officials deny a conflict, and say any competing facility
    would be built by another company.  The city wants Leisure to
    extend the Heat's lease to make the seven-year-old facility more
    profitable for the team (MIAMI HERALD, 11/9).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         Three Tampa politicians will announce a plan to build a new
    Bucs stadium in the historic Ybor City area and raise funds
    through a special tax in that area's entertainment district (ST.
    PETE TIMES, 11/10).  Meanwhile, an architect visited Orlando's
    Citrus Bowl and examined the possibility of remodeling to meet
    the Bucs' needs (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/10)....The S.F. EXAMINER
    reports the 49ers are "stepping up efforts" to build a new
    stadium instead of remodeling 3Com Park.  The 49ers have said
    they would finance their own stadium if given city land (S.F.
    EXAMINER, 11/9).
    

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  • WHAT'S COOKIN' BETWEEN SKINS OWNER AND DC MAYOR BARRY?

         DC Mayor Marion Barry "is working on plans" to entice
    Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke to keep his team in the city,
    according to this morning's WASHINGTON POST.  Under the plan, DC
    would demolish RFK Stadium and help Cooke build a new home on
    that site.  Barry and Cooke met earlier this week to discuss
    options if the Redskins fail to secure a deal in Prince George's
    County, MD.  Cooke, currently negotiating with MD officials, has
    twice abandoned plans in DC, and also has been driven away from
    Northern VA and Anne Arundel County, MD.  Sources say Cooke still
    considers MD his "best hope" for getting a facility completed
    quickly, and DC officials insist they will only present a full
    plan if Cooke fails in MD.  Barry administration officials
    familiar with the proposal say the city would pay for any street
    improvements or other infrastructure costs, while Cooke would
    finance the stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 11/10).
    

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