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         The political prospects of a new stadium for the Patriots is
    examined this morning by Joan Vennochi of the BOSTON GLOBE.  With
    Gov. William Weld, whose administration reportedly promised Kraft
    a new stadium, now facing a run for the Senate, it is "unlikely
    that pumping a stadium for Kraft is high on his list."  Kraft's
    prospects in the Legislature are "just as murky."  But Vennochi
    writes, "even ardent stadium supporters" admit more money is
    needed.  One possible new player is Bank of Boston, which loaned
    Kraft the money to buy the team.  Bank of Boston officials "have
    talked quietly ... about coming forward as a major sponsor, much
    like Fleet Financial did by paying for the naming rights to
    FleetCenter."  The deal could "stoke the bank's goodwill in the
    community to counter rival Fleet.  A stronger revenue from a
    downtown stadium also makes Kraft's loan more secure" (BOSTON
    GLOBE, 12/1).  Kraft said on Wednesday that he was "embarrassed"
    by disclosures of the Patriots' financial losses and that his
    need for a downtown stadium to turn a profit is "his problem
    alone."  Kraft said he did not want to have to move the team, but
    added, "I don't want to be part of a team that I can't see being
    competitive" (David Halbfinger, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/30).

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         In light of the recent deals being offered by other cities,
    the $60M package signed between San Diego and the Chargers that
    will keep the team in the city until 2020 "could be classified as
    a steal" for the city, according to Kevin Kernan of the SAN DIEGO
    UNION-TRIBUNE.  Although the Chargers "will not get any money up
    front," there has been some criticism of the deal that will
    modernize Jack Murphy Stadium and expand capacity from 61,000 to
    71,000.  Chargers President Dean Spanos said the criticism
    "hurts," as he notes the team "negotiated in good faith and never
    once said 'Look what so-and-so is getting.'"  Spanos: "If we were
    looking to make as much money as we could, we never would have
    signed the lease.  We'd be gone."  But Stadium GM Bill Wilson
    says, "Looking at all the other deals that have been offered and
    accepted around the country, we're looking real good right now"

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         A design team from HKS Inc. of Dallas was chosen to design
    the new stadium for the Brewers.  HKS was selected over HOK
    Sports Facilities of K.C.  Gabe Paul, Brewers VP/Stadium
    Operations, said the design will begin "taking shape in a month
    or two" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/1)....Without NHL hockey,
    Hamilton Ontario's Copps Coliseum costs taxpayers close to
    $400,000 a year. That has left "some feeling the facility is a
    failure" (HAMILTON SPECTATOR, 12/1)....Suite sales in Nashville
    for the Oilers will go on sale Monday, with an annual price tag
    of $50,000-125,000.  Once a suite is sold, an owner must sign a
    five-, seven-, or ten-year lease (NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN, 12/1).

    Print | Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Facilities, Milwaukee Brewers, NHL

         Organizers kicked off the 60-day countdown to Super Bowl
    XXX, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the state of AZ may
    "might be in the running" for other Super Bowls."  Tagliabue:
    "The working assumption should be that when you've done this
    once, it should be done again and again."  But Tagliabue declined
    to comment on speculation Cardinals Owners Bill Bidwill "might be
    looking to relocate" due to lack of a new facility.  He did say
    the NFL's future lies in new, state-of-the-art facilities.  Also,
    the name for the marketing venture preceding Super Bowl XXX was
    unveiled, called "Arizona XXXtravaganza" (AP/TORONTO STAR, 12/1).

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