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         Anaheim officials announced plans yesterday for Sportstown
    Anaheim, a 159-acre sports, entertainment, retail and office
    complex that would surround Anaheim Stadium and help boost the
    region's economy, according to the L.A. TIMES.  The complex will
    be divided into five sections, one including a new football
    stadium.  Anaheim City Manager James Ruth said the city will know
    "within 90 days" whether they will have an NFL team to replace
    the Rams.  Plans also call for Anaheim Stadium to be renovated
    into a baseball-only facility, a youth sports center called
    "Little a," two new hotels and a western-themed area with
    restaurants, stores and a stage to link the stadium area with the
    Pond.  Sportstown Anaheim would also include a monorail
    connecting to Disneyland.  Officials would not reveal costs or a
    timetable.  Officials also said they are counting on partnerships
    with private developers, but representatives from the Walt Disney
    Co. were not present yesterday.  NFL Dir of Communications Greg
    Aiello said the league would not comment on the project (Greg
    Hernandez, L.A. TIMES, 1/4).

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         As negotiations continue in Dallas on a new arena for the
    Stars and Mavericks, officials in Arlington "refuse to abandon
    hope" that their city could be home to the teams, according to
    the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM.  While Ft. Worth Mayor Richard
    Greene concedes a Dallas city plan to heavily subsidize an arena
    makes it likely an arena will be built in downtown Dallas, he is
    not withdrawing Arlington's offer to build a $140M multi-use
    facility with luxury boxes and sky suites.  Reports this week
    indicate that Dallas has offered Mavericks Owner Donald Carter
    $43M in cash toward construction of a $141M arena.  In addition,
    Dallas would provide tax incentives worth $88M and not require
    the Mavericks to begin making lease payments for five years
    (Christopher Ave, FT. WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, 1/4).

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         MA Transportation Secretary James Kerasiotes, Massport Chief
    Stephen Tocco, and MassBay Transportation Authority GM Patrick
    Moynihan met Tuesday to come up with a plan to bridge a $30-40M
    funding gap in Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's proposal to build a
    new 70,000-seat South Boston football stadium, according to the
    BOSTON GLOBE.  Kerasiotes and Moynihan are seeking ways to pay
    for infrastructure improvements necessary to avoid overwhelming
    residential neighborhoods with traffic.  A source in the Weld
    administration said officials will respond to Kraft by the end of
    January (David Halbfinger, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/3).

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         Under pressure from the Bears and union leaders, Chicago
    Mayor Richard Daley "softened" his opposition to the so-called
    McDome yesterday and said he "won't stand in the way" if IL Gov.
    Jim Edgar can finance the project through the six-county
    metropolitan Chicago area, according to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.
    Edward Bedore, Daley's stadium point man:  "To use a sports term,
    the mayor has passed the football to Edgar and Edgar has to come
    up with a plan and see if he can run with it."  Bears VP/Ops Ted
    Philips said Daley's shift shows the Mayor has finally admitted
    the Soldier Field renovation has been rejected.  Daley denied
    that was the case, in the event that neither McDome nor the Gary
    stadium is built.  Mike Lawrence, Edgar's press secretary, said
    the governor will develop a McDome financing plan that will
    likely include taxes on restaurant meals, hotels, rental cars,
    limousines, and airport taxis.  Daley has opposed all of these
    taxes in the past.  In stating his position, Daley told Edgar the
    Bears must also agree to repay taxpayers if the team chooses to
    leave before its lease is up.  Meanwhile, Bears officials met
    with Gary officials yesterday and came out of meetings stating
    the Planet Park development is still on track for a mid-February
    tax vote (Speilman & Gillis, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/4).

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         The state is unlikely to offer funding help to the Lions in
    their search for a new stadium, according to David Barkholz of
    CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS.  Doug Rothwell, CEO of the MI Jobs
    Commission, said MI Gov. John Engler "is disinclined" to get
    involved in talks on either a new stadium or Silverdome
    renovations.  Rothwell, drawing a distinction between the Lions'
    request and the state's $55M infrastructure pledge for a new
    Tiger Stadium:  "On the one hand, you have a downtown-
    redevelopment program for an antiquated ballpark.  With the
    Lions, it's basically a lease dispute."  The Lions estimate a new
    downtown facility would cost about $200M (CRAIN'S DETROIT
    BUSINESS, 1/1 issue).

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         The NFL paid $70,000 to revamp the practice fields at
    Scottsdale Community College for the AFC champion to practice on
    during the Super Bowl.  Nebraska tore up the field while
    practicing for the Fiesta Bowl, and the NFL will pay an
    additional $30,000 to re-sod, reseed and repair the field (Bland
    & Obert, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/3)....A nine-page supplement
    appeared in the January 1 TENNESSEAN -- "Here's The Ticket: A
    Fan's Guide To Buying Permanent Seat Licenses" (Nashville
    TENNESSEAN, 1/1)....Criminal charges will not be filed against
    former Orlando Arena Dir Joanne Grant, who was forced to quit 14
    months ago amid allegations she traded tickets for favors and
    hired employees for personal chores during work hours (Dan Tracy,

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