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BANK OF BOSTON TO BACK KRAFT'S BOSTON STADIUM HOPES?

     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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