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  • GLENDENING STEPS UP PRESSURE; SKINS VOTE LIKELY

         In an attempt to sway public opinion in favor of new stadium
    for the Browns and Redskins, MD Gov. Parris Glendening has
    "launched a campaign-like offensive" with his Cabinet, party and
    the Maryland Stadium Authority.  According to this morning's
    WASHINGTON POST, Glendening says the "media blitz" is needed to
    "overcome misinformation" about stadium plans.  To promote the
    plans, the governor and top aides have began "hitting radio and
    TV talk shows with arguments that the stadiums will generate
    substantially more money than they will cost" (Charles Babington,
    WASHINGTON POST, 2/6).  The Greater Baltimore Committee has hired
    a pro-stadium lobbyist (Baltimore SUN, 2/6).
         REDSKINS VOTE TODAY:  The Prince George's County Council
    "could give the green light today" to a MD stadium for the
    Redskins.  Anti-stadium attorney Stan Brown said he would file
    for a preliminary injunction against the project before the end
    of the week if the Council passes the resolution (Gary Scheets,
    WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/6).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         The Nashville Metro Council's Budget and Finance Committee
    approved a resolution for issuance of $80M in bonds to help
    finance a new stadium for the Oilers (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
    2/5)....Three days after finalizing a deal to play at the Cow
    Palace next season, the Warriors resumed talks with Oakland
    officials Monday about rebuilding the Coliseum into a new 19,500-
    seat arena.  A $100M construction program and team lease could be
    ready as early next week for review by the Oakland Alameda City
    Council (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/6)....Construction on Bruton Smith's
    $100M Texas Motor Speedway will not be completed until summer,
    but racing fans can tour the facility Sunday (FT. WORTH STAR-
    TELEGRAM, 2/5).
    

    Print | Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Facilities, Golden State Warriors, Speedway Motorsports Inc.
  • UNDER NEW IDEA, BUCS COULD AVOID SUIT BY COOPERATING

         Under a plan being considered by Tampa officials, the city
    "would not sue the Bucs for moving if the drive for a new stadium
    fails."  According to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE, that depends
    on the team working with stadium planners in an effort to gain
    approval from the Legislature for taxes to help pay for the $168M
    facility.  If the Bucs were to cooperate and still no deal is
    reached, the team would be allowed to leave Tampa "without any
    legal reprisals."  Thus far, the plan "has not been formally
    offered to the Bucs" and legislators continue to debate its
    merits.  Hillsborough County Attorney Emeline Acton questioned
    the plan:  "If all we'd be giving up is the right to sue to keep
    them here, that's one thing.  If we give up our rights under
    contracts already in place, however, that's another."  The Bucs'
    current deal with the Tampa Stadium Authority lasts four more
    seasons with a buyout clause allowing the team to pay $1.5M
    annually through the duration of the lease (Joe Henderson, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 2/5).
    

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