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FOOTBALL EXPECTED TO BE FOCUS OF SENATE HEARING TOMORROW

     The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Antitrust, Business
Rights and Competition takes up the issue of franchise relocation
in a hearing tomorrow at 10am EST.  Scheduled to testify:
Members of OH's congressional delegation, NFL Commissioner Paul
Tagliabue, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Maryland Stadium
Authority Chair John Moag, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, Cleveland
Mayor Michael White, and a panel of professors (THE DAILY).
     WHAT TO EXPECT:  The NFL seeks a "limited antitrust
exemption that would give it protection from a suit if it blocks
a franchise shift" (Gary Myers, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/28).  Lanier
"is expected to testify that competition between cities
ultimately drives up the cost to local taxpayers blackmailed into
building new venues" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/28).
White said Congress "needs to understand the far-and-away unique
circumstances in Cleveland" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/28).
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