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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).
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).
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).