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Published May 29, 1996
MA House Speaker Thomas Finneran has named former BOSTON HERALD sports business reporter Phil Primack as a policy aide. The appointment of Primack, "who wrote extensively on casinos and the megaplex, was greeted with a gulp from insiders with a stake in those issues" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/26)....Redskin Owner Jack Kent Cooke said he will officially break ground for his new 78,600- seat stadium in June (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/25)....In an article detailing the boom of new sports stadiums, Dan McGraw of U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT writes that $7B has been spent or committed in the past three years to build or renovate 30 major sports facilities in America. McGraw warns, however, that if the "supply of big-revenue-producing luxury suites" outstrips demand, the "stadium boom could go bust" (U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, 6/3)....Jack Wilson, head of The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, has begun working with the Arlington, VA-based Public Opinion Strategies to help "combat ... areas of voter anger" over proposed sales tax increases to help fund a new stadium for the Bucs (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/27).... Canlan Investment Corp. has announced plans to build an arena containing four NHL-sized ice pads in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke (Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 5/25)....In an article on numerous price hikes at Madison Square Garden, the N.Y. POST's Li & Francescani write, "MSG is slam- dunking New York Sports fans ... everyone from high-roller luxury-suite holders to the average Joe" (N.Y. POST, 5/26).