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  • BALLPARK REFERENDUMS: SAN FRANCISCO VOTES TODAY

         Low turnout is expected statewide in today's CA primary,
    with San Francisco voters also deciding whether to give the
    Giants approval to build a new downtown ballpark (Susan Yoachum,
    S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/26).
         LIONS ENCOURAGED:  Lions officials believe last week's voter
    approval of a new Tiger Stadium "could pave the way" for the NFL
    team's return to Detroit, according to this morning's DETROIT
    NEWS.  Lions COO Chuck Schmidt sees last Tuesday's "overwhelming"
    vote in favor of a new ballpark as a sign the city might pay for
    a new football stadium as well.  Schmidt:  "Things are heating up
    for us." The team's Silverdome lease with the city of Pontiac
    expires in 2004, while that city has hired a law firm to "protect
    its interests."  Pontiac Stadium Authority Chair Bill McIntyre:
    "The Lions are free to talk to Detroit about whatever they want
    to do after 2004" (DETROIT NEWS, 3/26).
    

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  • BREWERS GIVEN THREE WEEKS TO GET STADIUM FINANCING STRAIGHT

         Milwaukee's Professional Baseball Park District Board gave
    the Brewers three weeks to finalize the team's $90M contribution
    toward financing of a new ballpark.  The board also voted 9-4 to
    suspend a five-county sales tax hike by May 1 if it is not
    satisfied with the team's contributions.  The board heard from
    Brewers President Bud Selig and VP/ Legal Counsel Wendy Selig-
    Prieb twice during a lengthy session yesterday (AP/ESPNET
    SportsZone, 3/26).  Board Chair Robert Trunzo concluded there was
    "still a shortfall" in the Brewers' package.  Problems centered
    around the "present-day value" of part of the team's package,
    which analysts said left the Brewers' proposal about $10-15M
    short of its intended $40M goal.  Included in that was the naming
    rights deal with Miller Brewing, which had been expected to have
    a present value of $20M.  However, lender bank NationsBank placed
    that value at only $15M.  Another problem was the board's
    estimate of concession contracts at $10-15M, not the $20M cited
    (Amy Rinard, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/26).
    

    Print | Tags: Anheuser Busch, Bank of America, Facilities, Milwaukee Brewers
  • BROWARD GIVES PANTHERS, HEAT A FRIDAY DEADLINE

         Broward County has given the Heat and Panthers a Friday
    deadline to commit to a new arena, threatening to halt financing
    efforts and site selection if they don't.  Karen Rafinski reports
    in this morning's MIAMI HERALD that the county is asking the
    teams to sign a binding letter -- unlike one signed earlier this
    year -- and require that both teams sign leases by May 1.
    Broward officials are concerned the teams are giving Dade County
    leaders time to come up with an alternative plan and that the
    teams ultimately do not want to share a facility (MIAMI HERALD,
    3/26).
    

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  • CAN SPORTSTOWN ANAHEIM SURVIVE WITHOUT ANGELS, NFL TEAM?

         Disney's recent decision not to buy the Angels coupled with
    the unresolved nature of the Seahawks relocation has caused
    debate to "intensify" over whether Anaheim's proposed Sportstown
    complex is an "unrealistic dream" or the key to the city's goal
    of becoming a "professional sports mecca," according to the L.A.
    TIMES.  Hernandez & Miller report Disney walked away the Angels
    partly because the project has no known private investors, and
    Owners Gene and Jackie Autry have threatened to move the club
    when its Anaheim Stadium lease expires in five years.  Disney
    Sports Enterprises President Tony Tavares:  "There are so many
    unknowns about Sportstown and football, we didn't feel
    comfortable locking into a lease not knowing what this would look
    like at the end of the day."  Meanwhile, many local officials
    believe whether or not Disney emerges as a buyer, the city still
    needs the Angels' cooperation to make Sportstown a reality.
    Still, Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly says the city is "sticking to its
    bold dream."  Despite his difficulties, Seahawks Owner Ken
    Behring would still invest in the project.  And Daly has asked
    agent Leigh Steinberg to head a committee to advise the city on
    Sportstown (L.A. TIMES, 3/24).
    

    Print | Tags: LA Angels, Anaheim Sports, Facilities, Seattle Seahawks, Vulcan Ventures, Walt Disney
  • COOKE SAYS HIS NEW STADIUM WON'T TAKE HIS NAME

         Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke told the WASHINGTON POST that
    he plans on selling naming rights to the team's new stadium in
    suburban Maryland.  Cooke, who is spending $170M on the facility,
    says he has been contacted by companies interested in putting
    their name on the stadium, but failed to give more details (Dave
    Sell, WASHINGTON POST, 3/26).
    

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  • MARICOPA COUNTY SQUEEZES MONEY FROM CACTUS FOR NEW BALLPARK

         The Maricopa County, AZ, Stadium District "may have violated
    state law for two years" by using millions of dollars from Cactus
    League spring training accounts to cover start-up expenses for
    the Diamondbacks and construction of the Bank One Ballpark
    (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/26).
    

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