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  • CANDIDATES FOR THE FLEETCENTER JOB, PLEASE STAND TO THE LEFT

         Celtics GM Jan Volk is being "bandied about" as a potential
    successor to departing FleetCenter President Larry Moulter,
    according to the BOSTON HERALD.  In their "Inside Track" column,
    Fee & Raposa note Delaware North head Richard Stevens has been in
    Boston this week meeting with other possible candidates for the
    post, including:  Boston attorney Bob Caporale; Providence Civic
    Center GM Steve Lombardi; Providence Bruins Owner Ed Anderson;
    and NHL Bruins Assistant GM Mike O'Connell.  In the interim,
    company accountant Andy Nichols will take over for Moulter, who
    leaves work on July 2 (BOSTON HERALD, 6/27).
    

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  • CITIES WITHOUT STADIUM AUTHORITIES FOR $500, ALEX

         Houston Mayor Bob Lanier asked TX state legislators to
    create a regional sports authority which would have the power to
    use tax dollars to construct sports facilities, according to the
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  Lanier's comments came during the last of
    four public hearings for a subcommittee of the TX House Committee
    on Business & Industry.  The Mayor, who admitted chances of a
    potential sports authority with sales taxing authority are
    "slim," said he hopes the Legislature would consider the use of
    rental car, bed and incremental taxes to help subsidize almost
    two-thirds of the $625M needed to build new facilities and
    improve the Astrodome.  Lanier:  "It would be helpful to have a
    sports authority that has some ongoing presence, some
    institutional memory [with] ...a large a base as possible for
    financing."  State Rep. Kyle Janek, who chaired the hearing, said
    legislators would support a proposal allowing Houston-area voters
    to decide if they want to impose additional taxes on themselves
    (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/28).
    

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  • MOYNIHAN PROPOSAL UNSETTLING TO CLEVELAND

         The proposal from Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) that
    would prohibit state and local governments from issuing tax-
    exempt bonds to build stadiums "worries Cleveland officials"
    because the financing package for rebuilding Municipal Stadium,
    which will require selling $140M in bonds later this summer, may
    "have to be overhauled."  The Cleveland PLAIN DEALER's Phillips &
    Diemer report questions remain over when the bill, if passed,
    becomes effective, though Moynihan said he is willing to consider
    "the need for equitable relief for stadiums already in the
    planning stages."  Cleveland City finance director Kathryn Hyer:
    "There already is a lot of substantial work that we believe
    qualifies us for being well into the `planning stage.'"  Sen.
    Mike DeWine (R-OH) said the bill has "zero chance" of passing and
    a spokesperson for Senate Majority Whip Don Nickles (R-OK) said
    the bill is not "on the radar screen" of the GOP leadership
    (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/27).
         HEAR YE:  A USA TODAY editorial notes Nashville's decision
    to put its $60M stadium bond sale on hold in wake of Moynihan's
    bill: "If local communities want to waste their own money, that's
    up to them" (USA TODAY, 6/28).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         Yankee Owner George Steinbrenner, on working with Donald
    Trump to finance a new Yankee Stadium in Manhattan:  "We have
    absolutely no deal going on.  Nothing.  Somebody's trying to make
    a front page story and it isn't true.  Donald told me if he can
    ever do anything to help me to let him know." (USA TODAY,
    6/28)....Prince William Cannons Owner Arthur Silber is
    threatening to move his Class A club if Prince William County, VA
    does not help finance up to $2M in stadium improvements
    (WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/28). ...The Steelers and
    Pittsburgh Stadium Authority want to add 1,000 premium club seats
    for the start of the '97 season (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 6/28).
    

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