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STADIUM NOTES: COURT DATE SET IN MILWAUKEE

     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,
11/18).
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