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The S.F. Parks Commission voted unanimously yesterday to accept a deal worth at least $4M to keep the 3Com name over Candlestick Park at least through the end of '99, according to the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The deal now faces a vote next month by city supervisors. Despite concerns from Mayor Willie Brown, commission Chair Jack Immendorf notes the deal is actually worth $5.5M, as 3Com will pay for signage and agreed to buy $350,000 in stadium ads each year (Richard Sandoval, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/19). MORE S.F.: Opponents of a proposed $225M baseball stadium for the Giants have begun distributing fliers over concerns about parking (Michael Dorgan, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/19).
Marc Ganis, president of the Chicago-based SportsCorp Ltd., said he wants help mediate stadium negotiations between the Bears and the city of Chicago, according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Ganis' firm specializes in large-scale sports negotiations and Fred Mitchell writes he has assumed a national identity as an "agent for teams," though Ganis says his firm also represents municipalities. SportsCorp oversaw the Rams' move to St. Louis and most recently worked with the Raiders. Ganis: "People think negotiating with Michael McCaskey is difficult. But they have never negotiated with Al Davis" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/19).
A new proposal to build a baseball stadium near Arlington, VA's Crystal City and National Airport is gaining momentum as officials indicate they have concerns about the other sites further out in VA's suburbs. A stadium at the Arlington site would offer views of the Potomac and Washington's monuments (WASHINGTON POST, 1/19).