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         Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and Tigers officials yesterday
    announced a plan to ensure the inclusion of "minority, women,
    small and city-based businesses" in the construction of the new
    $235M ballpark in downtown Detroit, according to the DETROIT
    NEWS.  Under the Michigan Minority Business Development Council
    plan, at least 20% of the construction work will be performed by
    minority businesses, with 5% done by women-owned businesses.  In
    addition, "at least" 25% of the work will go to Detroit-based
    businesses (Basheda & Serju, DETROIT NEWS, 11/21).

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         Developer Stephen Karp said yesterday he has had
    "preliminary" talks with both Red Sox and Boston city officials
    about building a new ballpark for the team at the site of the
    Sears building near Fenway Park, according to the BOSTON HERALD.
    Phil Primack notes Karp is motivated by "flat retail prospects"
    associated with his development of the Sears building.  Karp said
    he is only pursuing a "concept" at this point, but added, "The
    city and the Red Sox both appear to be open-minded."  Karp said a
    facility would fit on the Sears site, but he "may need some
    additional land."  He also added that the Fenway area is already
    associated with baseball which would help neighborhood support of
    the project (BOSTON HERALD, 11/21).

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         The WI Supreme Court has ordered the parties in a suit
    seeking to prevent a five-county sales tax increase to build a
    new ballpark for the Brewers to trade written arguments by
    December 29 and set oral arguments for January 11.  Stadium
    opponents argue the Legislature illegally set up the new taxing
    districts (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/21)....In Minneapolis,
    Sid Hartman writes while the Vikings can pay to escape their
    Metrodome lease, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission's
    Bill Lester says they would go to court to keep the team.
    Vikings President Roger Headrick says he has no plans to move
    (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/21)....NASCAR President Bill France
    spent three hours touring the Texas Motor Speedway with developer
    Bruton Smith on Sunday, but NASCAR still has not decided whether
    to award the track a Winston Cup race date (FT. WORTH STAR-
    TELEGRAM, 11/21)....Metro-Dade County mayoral candidate (and
    former Miami Mayor) Xavier Suarez wants to "raid the budgets of
    two county-supported agencies" to pay for a new downtown arena
    for the Heat.  He proposes financing a new arena for the Heat
    become a top issue in the upcoming mayoral campaign.  In other
    news, City of Miami commissioners agreed to try to buy out the
    company, Decoma Miami Associates, that manages the Miami Arena,
    to give the city more control over arena business including the
    upcoming lease negotiations with the Heat (MIAMI HERALD,
    11/17)....The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and
    Visitors Bureau, and the GA Hospitality and Travel Association
    all endorse the proposed citywide car rental tax to help finance
    a $200M downtown arena for the Hawks (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,

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         The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the process of winning
    approval from federal regulators to fill wetlands on the proposed
    site of a new Bears stadium in Gary will take "at least a year,"
    according to this morning's CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  And if the Corps
    requires a detailed environmental impact statement, "Super Bowl
    XXXIV in the year 2000 may come and go before a decision is
    made."  Indiana officials hope to have a stadium ready by the
    time the Bears' Soldier Field lease expires in '99.  Once the
    group files a formal application to fill the wetlands, the Corps
    will have a public-notice period of about 30 days.  But according
    to the Corps' Project Manager David Gesl, if the project is
    deemed to have a major impact on the wetland, the Corps can
    require a full environmental impact statement which could stretch
    out the final decision on the project for up to five years
    (Swanson & Christian, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/21).

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