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         Despite objections from Republican legislators, MD's
    Democratically-controlled Board of Public Works yesterday gave
    "swift and unanimous" approval to a deal to build a $200M,
    70,000-seat stadium for the Browns, according to the Baltimore
    SUN.  John Frece writes, if NFL owners approve the team move in
    January, groundbreaking could be as early as March.  For their
    part, Republican lawmakers are concerned about the level of
    revenue needed from the lottery.  The preliminary financing plan
    for the stadium calls for $20M in lottery revenue for FY '96,
    $32M in '97, and $35M each in '98 and '99.  But in the eight
    years lottery revenue has been used to finance Oriole Park,
    revenues have averaged just under $21M and have never exceeded
    $26.7M.  One delegate predicts the project could run almost $42M
    in the red (Baltimore SUN, 11/16).  The WASHINGTON POST reports
    MD Gov. Parris Glendening may take out newspaper ads to bolster
    the claim of economic benefits for the state.  State Sen. Brian
    Frosh calls Glendening's claim no tax money will be used "right,
    but it is misleading."  Frosh adds:  "It doesn't matter whether
    its tax dollars or lottery dollars.  It's money that could go
    into other uses, such as school construction" (WASHINGTON POST,

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         The Warriors yesterday got an extension from the Oakland-
    Alameda County Coliseum Board to decide where they will play next
    season, according to the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The team is in
    discussions with Coliseum officials to refurbish the facility,
    and Warriors attorney Robin Baggett said the "discussions are
    going very well."  Details had not been worked out by yesterday
    (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/16).  The Warriors' discussions with San Jose
    revealed that city is the Bay Area's "largest and wealthiest
    market for a professional sports franchise."  According to SALES
    AND MARKETING magazine's annual survey of buying power, San Jose
    ranks 3rd in the U.S. in percentage of households with income of
    $50,000+ (Mark Simon, S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/16).  In Oakland, Bob
    Salladay writes that any renovations to the Coliseum could slow
    construction on the stadium, which would cost up to $10,000 per
    game, or $1M after 30 days if stadium work is not done by April 1
    (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/16).

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         A group of Northwest IN business leaders, under the banner
    of "Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland Entertainment," yesterday
    announced plans for a 75,000-seat "futuristic" open-air stadium
    complex in Gary, IN, called Planet Park, according to today's
    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.  Designer Benjamin Wood said the stadium would
    be a place where "sports can relate with the world of
    cyberspace," adding that several thousand of the seats would have
    control panels allowing fans to play interactive games.  The
    group also said the Bears would remain the Chicago Bears.  In
    addition to a stadium, Planet Park would also feature a family
    resort, hotel, recreational vehicle park, amusement park and
    nine-hole golf course.  There would also be a Bears Hall of Fame,
    a "Planetary Garden," a multi-screen movie theatre and parking
    for more than 25,000 cars with a special area for tailgating
    (Michelle Campbell, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/16).  The plan calls
    for a 60-40 public-private financing split, with public money
    from a .5% Lake County income tax and PSLs and stadium-related
    revenue the source of private funds (Christian & Kass, CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 11/16).
         REACTION:  Bears VP of Operations Ted Philips: "Contrary to
    prior reports, we have not agreed to any deal.  We are still
    looking at the Soldier Field proposal and the northwest Indiana
    proposal.  There is a lot of work to be done."  The Bears are
    scheduled to meet with Chicago officials next week regarding the
    proposed renovation of Soldier Field (Mike Mulligan, CHICAGO SUN-
    TIMES, 11/16).
         YER UP, YER HONOR:  Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he
    counts "25 ifs" in the Gary proposal, while his Chicago
    renovation proposal is a sure thing.  Daley: "We have an
    engineering and construction date that can start Jan. 1.  We have
    a financial package.  We have no ifs involved in any of those
    things" (Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/16).
         FROM INDIANA:  Cam Simpson writes in the INDIANAPOLIS STAR
    that at a closed-door luncheon yesterday hosted by NIPSCO, Lake
    County Council members were not "giving signals either way" about
    the proposed income tax.  Council Member Fran DuPrey: "I think we
    are going to be very cautious, I'm waiting to get more facts"

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         FL legislators "have a message for Tampa area politicians
    who want to impose new taxes for a football stadium:  Don't waste
    our time," write Joe Henderson and Ken Koehn in the TAMPA
    TRIBUNE.  State Sen. Malcolm Beard: "I don't understand how those
    elected officials down there can't get it through their thick
    heads that the voters in Hillsborough County aren't in the mood
    for more taxes."  State Rep. Rob Wallace said a local referendum
    is now the only way to go if new taxes are going to be needed to
    keep the Bucs (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/16).  In St. Pete, Jeff
    Testerman writes a recent idea of borrowing money against the
    local bed tax "is too risky," because taking funds from Tampa's
    convention bureau could end up putting it out of business and cut
    into the city's $150M per year convention bookings (ST.

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