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  • BALTIMORE, REDSKINS STADIUMS FINALLY UP FOR VOTE

         The MD Senate votes today whether to spend $258M on new
    stadiums for Baltimore's NFL team and the Redskins, according to
    the WASHINGTON POST.  Legislative leaders predict there will be
    enough votes to approve money for both facilities (Charles
    Babington, WASHINGTON POST, 3/13).
    

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  • FORUM MEMORIES DO NOT COME CHEAP

         One night after the Canadiens played their final game at the
    fabled Forum, the facility was turned over to sports memorabilia
    collectors who spent over $300,000 bidding on Forum fixtures,
    according to today's Montreal GAZETTE.  Approximately 1,000 fans
    paid $35 each to bid on items ranging from championship banners
    to penalty-box benches.  An equal number shelled out $5 just to
    watch.  All proceeds will go to the United Way and a fund for
    retired Habs players.  Samples:  C$31,000 for the '23-'24 Stanley
    Cup Championship banner; C$20,000 for the nets from Monday's
    game; C$3,400 for lockers used by current players; $1,800 for a
    turnstile; and C$7,500 for the puck used to score the final Forum
    goal (Peggy Curran, Montreal GAZETTE, 3/13).  The Hamilton
    SPECTATOR reports one of the building's hot-dog grills sold for
    C$1,000 (Hamilton SPECTATOR, 3/13).
    

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  • K.C. ARENA POSSIBILITIES INVESTIGATED

         Before committing to a $17M expansion of Kemper Arena, the
    K.C. Downtown Arena Task Force has hired three local architecture
    firms to combine efforts to study the possibility of a major
    sports arena downtown, according to this morning's K.C. STAR.
    The task force wants the firms --HOK, Ellerbe Becket and HNTB --
    to complete the study within 45 days.  Talks center on keeping
    the Big 12 basketball championship in K.C. (Diane Stafford, K.C.
    STAR, 3/13).
    

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  • ORLANDO TO RECRUIT IN CASE NCAA ISN'T IN KANSAS ANYMORE

         The NCAA is considering moving its HQs and Orlando sports
    leaders are ready to recruit, according to Gene Yasuda of the
    ORLANDO SENTINEL.  Orlando Area Sports Commission officials said
    they have "begun courting" the NCAA, which is deciding whether it
    should remain in Overland Park, KS (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/13).
    

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  • RAPTORS ARENA SITUATION STUCK IN BUREAUCRATIC LIMBO

         Despite a February '96 goal to begin construction on the
    team's new arena, the Raptors have yet to apply for a building
    permit, according to the FINANCIAL POST.  Jamie Wayne reports the
    team has not provided the Toronto Buildings and Inspection Dept.
    with the required C$1.2M in permit fees, nor the architectural
    plans for the facility.  Toronto Solicitor Dennis Perlin:  "Even
    if we proceed through our normal work schedule, we're now looking
    at May before all the agreements could be done -- unless somebody
    says 'step on the gas pedal'" (FINANCIAL POST, 3/12).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         PA Gov. Tom Ridge's Sports and Exposition Facilities Task
    Force heard from local officials and national stadium experts
    yesterday on options for building new facilities in Philadelphia
    and Pittsburgh (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 3/13)....A two-hour hearing
    was held yesterday on a lawsuit brought by the Tiger Stadium Fan
    Club to prevent city money from being used for a new facility for
    the Tigers (DETROIT NEWS, 3/13)....The Atlanta City Council could
    discuss demolition plans for Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium today.
    The facility is expected to be razed once the Braves move into
    the new Olympic stadium next year (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    3/13).... Alameda County supervisors said they will scrap a deal
    to keep the Warriors in Oakland unless minority and local-owned
    businesses are guaranteed contracts (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 3/13).
    

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