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LURIE TRIES TO KEEP PHILLY HONEST WITH "REGIONAL" CLAIM

     Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie said fans "can feel very, very
safe in knowing that this franchise will be in this area," but he
indicated as a "regional franchise" the team could move outside
the city and perhaps the state if a new stadium is not built.
Phil Sheridan of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER writes that both the
Eagles and Phillies want new homes, but only one stadium will
likely be built -- and it "is generally considered more likely"
it will be a new ballpark which would host 81 dates a year.
Lurie "made it clear" a refurbished Vet is not an option and
"seemed to be alluding to a scenario" where NJ, DE or a
neighboring PA county could lure the Eagles (PHILA. INQUIRER,
7/23).
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