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  • HONEYMOON IN VEGAS: A'S TO HIT STRIP BEFORE HEADING HOME?

         The American League supports the decision of the A's not to
    play their opening games at the Oakland Coliseum.  The league
    reports "alternative arrangements" will be determined as early as
    possible (AL).  Las Vegas remains the likely choice, according to
    Bay Area reports today.  The $100M stadium renovation -- as part
    of the Raiders' return to Oakland -- included assurances the A's
    season would not be interrupted.  But team and league officials
    who toured the site "deemed the Coliseum not sufficiently
    complete," according to A's GM Sandy Alderson.  The decision
    "shocked" city, county and stadium officials, "all of whom have a
    significant financial stake in assuring that the deal runs
    smoothly" (Fimrite & Ketterman, S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19).  Coliseum
    construction manager Don Webb said the project remains on
    schedule and that the A's have known it would be a "work in
    progress" throughout the summer.  Coliseum CEO Bob Quintella:
    "It is misleading to suggest now that the decision to go
    elsewhere was based on the renovation being incomplete,
    unacceptable or unsafe."  A's Exec VP Ed Alvarez:  "We expected
    them to be ahead of schedule from where they are now."  A key
    complaint was 1,000 fewer parking spaces (Robert Salladay,
    OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 3/19).
         BATTLE OF THE BAY:  Columnist Glenn Dickey explains the
    simple reason why the A's won't use the Giants' 3Com Park for
    their early games:  "Because the top people in the two
    organizations hate each other" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19).
    

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  • MILWAUKEE POLL SHOWS FAITH REMAINS ON BREWERS PROJECT

         Despite the Brewers' recent troubles completing their share
    of financing for a new stadium, Milwaukee County residents
    continue to have faith the project will be completed, according
    to a new MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL poll.  While respondents
    "overwhelmingly favor" building on current stadium grounds rather
    than a downtown site, 71% believe the new facility will get
    built.  The plan is to build on the current site, but many
    business and political leaders still prefer downtown.  Brewers
    President Bud Selig "adamantly opposes" that idea.  On financing,
    Brewers VP Laurel Prieb said the team continues to work toward
    lining up a $50M loan before a noon Friday stadium board deadline
    (Kenneth Lamke, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/19).
    

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  • MORE BAY AREA NEWS: GIANTS FEEL GOOD ON BALLPARK VOTE

         San Francisco voters go to the polls a week from today to
    consider a proposal to build a $255M ballpark in the city's China
    Basin region.  With polls showing the measure being backed by a
    "large margin," Giants officials and other backers are "brimming
    with confidence," according to this morning's SAN JOSE MERCURY
    NEWS.  Michael Dorgan writes, "What makes the ballot measure a
    likely winner is private financing" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
    3/19).
    

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  • TODAY'S ELECTIONS: DETROIT, CINCY PROJECTS ON BALLOT

         The two stadium referenda on ballots today in Detroit and
    Cincinnati are gaining national attention.  In a front-page piece
    in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, John Helyar examines the sales tax
    proposal before voters in OH, writing, "The volatile mixture of
    sports, taxes and municipal self-image may make this vote as
    close as any game the Reds or Bengals ever played" (WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 3/19).  In Philadelphia, Ed Moran covers both Detroit
    and Cincinnati, noting that they are not alone:  "The battle is
    being waged in cities around the country" (PHILA. DAILY NEWS,
    3/19).
         DETROIT:  Stadium backers have spent $600,000 promoting
    their message that a new Tiger Stadium would bring "jobs,
    economic development, and money for more police and neighborhood
    projects."  The test today is whether that message got through
    (Suzette Hackney, DETROIT NEWS, 3/19).
         CINCINNATI:  A poll conducted last week showed 59% in favor
    of a one-half of one-percent sales tax hike to help fund new
    stadiums for both the Bengals and Reds (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,
    3/16).  Yesterday, OH Gov. George Voinovich called the vote a
    "defining moment" for Cincinnati.  He also said the state would
    not help the Bengals move to Cleveland should the tax fail
    (AP/CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/19).
         CORRECTIONS:  Stories in the March 7 and March 13 issues of
    THE DAILY incorrectly reported developments in the Detroit
    campaign.  The TV ads featuring Mayor Dennis Archer were put on
    by stadium supporters, and the lawsuit filed by the anti-stadium
    group, the Tiger Stadium Fan Club, concerns the use of money from
    the quasi-public Michigan Strategic Fund, not the city of
    Detroit.  We regret any confusion.
    

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