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  • FORD: CAGE ISN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR LIONS AND TIGERS

         Though the Lions have no "clear-cut favorite" between
    remaining at the Silverdome or building a new facility in
    downtown Detroit, Owner William Clay Ford "all but ruled out"
    sharing a stadium with the Tigers, reports Mike O'Hara of the
    DETROIT NEWS.  Saying he "wouldn't want to call it," Ford
    indicated that in "the next 10 days or two weeks," they will
    decide -- "or at least have a lot clearer view."  Ford said
    sharing is "an alternative, but way on the back burner.  I think
    the Tigers would agree" (DETROIT NEWS, 7/23).
    

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  • HAVE RAT WILL TRAVEL: PANTHERS TO BE SHORT-TERM NOMADS?

         Panthers President Bill Torrey said if the team's lease
    extension with the Miami Arena is not resolved in "about 10
    days," he will explore moving outside South FL for one or two
    years, possibly to Portland, according to Barry Jackson of the
    MIAMI HERALD.  The arena's owners, the Miami Sports and
    Exhibition Authority, rejected a lease worked out between the
    team and Leisure Management, the arena manager,  and Torrey has
    said the Panthers will not return to Miami Arena without MSEA
    approval.  Torrey:  "Go to the Stanley Cup Finals and get evicted
    -- that would be a sporting first."  Because of the move to the
    new Sunrise arena in '98-99, the Panthers would like a two-year
    lease, but MSEA attorney Joe Portuondo wants a longer deal.
    Torrey added that moving elsewhere in FL "would be difficult" due
    to inadequate facilities (MIAMI HERALD, 7/23).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         CA Gov. Pete Wilson signed a bill last week to allow
    Sacramento to create a Baseball Authority which will attempt to
    lure an MLB team and build a new stadium (PHILLY DAILY NEWS,
    7/20)....The Lightning will play their first game in the new Ice
    Palace on October 20 against the Rangers (TAMPA TRIBUNE,
    7/23)....The city of Orlando has announced a joint venture with
    the FunLeague Group, Inc. to build a two-building complex next to
    the Citrus Bowl that will house a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena
    and two NHL regulation size rinks for ice-skating and in-line
    skating (City of Orlando).
    

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