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  • BUCS IN DIRE STRAITS AGAIN AS SENATE ALTERS STADIUM DEAL

         The proposed Bucs stadium tax suffered a serious blow in the
    FL Senate that "ultimately could kill a deal to keep the team in
    Tampa," according to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE.  A Senate
    panel rejected a measure allowing Hillsborough County residents
    to vote on a rental car tax to raise up to $8M a year toward the
    new $168M stadium.  Instead, the committee amended the bill to
    allow a property tax increase, which local leaders believe would
    be "soundly defeated at the polls."  Bucs Exec VP Joel Glazer,
    son of Owner Malcolm Glazer, called the move "very
    disappointing," but added there was still time left in the
    session.  The original bill could still pass on the Senate
    through amendments, but sponsor John Grant called that "nearly
    impossible."  Asked about the city's next move, Tampa Mayor Dick
    Greco: "Help them pack" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/23).
    

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  • TIGERS POISED TO POUNCE ON TICKET SALES

         Though January's formal proposal for the Tigers' new,
    42,000-seat stadium included 65 private suites, the team is now
    considering increasing that number to 70-75 suites, according to
    Robert Ankeny of CRAIN's DETROIT BUSINESS.  Tigers Vice President
    Dave Glazier says a phone campaign to solicit luxury box
    candidates will begin in 30 days, but the team is getting a
    healthy amount of interest from the business community (CRAIN'S
    DETROIT BUSINESS, 4/15 issue).
    

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  • VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE GETS BEHIND BASEBALL STADIUM

         Senior VA lawmakers supported proposals for a mix of
    regional tax increases to pay for most of a new $250M Northern VA
    ballpark.  Proposals included raising local sales and rental car
    taxes or taxes on wine and liquor sales, as well as levying a 10%
    surcharge on baseball tickets.  The special committee has until
    July 1 to form a financing plan on a new facility (WASHINGTON
    POST, 4/23).
    

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