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SAN FRANCISCO TURNS ATTENTION TO 49ERS

     Following a "closed-door huddle" with 49ers President Carmen
Policy, S.F. Mayor Willie Brown said he will "commit whatever it
takes" to find $26M to help the team build a new stadium,
according to the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The mayor's comments come one
week after he declared the city was "too broke" to foot the bill
for improvements to 3Com Park to keep the '99 Super Bowl.  Policy
offered to make the city a "partner" in any new stadium deal
(Matier & Ross, S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/14).  Meanwhile, proponents of
the privately financed Giants' China Basin Ballpark are
"troubled" by Brown's comments and "fear" the two projects will
compete with each other (George Raine, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/15).
     DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN:  The chances 3Com Park will again be
known as Candlestick Park have been "significantly increased," as
the 49ers have agreed to give the City Board of Supervisors final
approval over the name.  The 49ers have a tentative deal with
3Com Corp. to keep the company's name on the facility for the
next three years, but the board must still approve the deal (S.F.
CHRONICLE, 2/14).
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