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         The CA Supreme Court yesterday rejected a challenge to the
    expansion of Jack Murphy Stadium by a 5-2 vote, according to
    Philip LaVelle of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  Top city
    officials "hailed" the move as further "judicial endorsement" of
    government use of lease-revenue bonds, "a popular method of
    paying for major projects without two-thirds voter approval, a
    requirement for traditional municipal debt."  The decision "opens
    the door" for the delayed expansion project to begin -- "provided
    City Hall receives the approval, currently being negotiated, of
    Padres management."  City Manager Jack McGrory said if an
    expedited construction schedule begins by early January, the
    project could be completed by September 1, in time for the
    Chargers' '97 regular season.  McGrory said San Diego's '98 Super
    Bowl plans are still in tact (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/17).

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         The City of Denver said Ascent Entertainment Group has
    "ignored" six financial options for the proposed Pepsi Center,
    while Ascent President Charlie Lyons countered that the city has
    "broken its word" to the keep the talks secret, according to Lynn
    Bartels of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS.  The city "publicly released
    its latest proposal" to show it has made concessions to Ascent,
    owners of the Nuggets and Avalanche.  Bartels reports the city
    went public "to counter a growing opinion that Denver wasn't
    working with Ascent" and was "forcing" it to the suburbs.  Ascent
    President Charlie Lyons: "I've kept my side of the agreement."
    Denver Mayor Wellington Webb wants Ascent "to help cover the
    money Denver would lose if the team moved from city-owned
    McNichols Arena to the Pepsi Center.  In a letter to NHL
    Commissioner Gary Bettman, Webb wrote, "We have reviewed Ascent's
    plan of finance and we know that these options are feasible,"
    adding he wanted to know by Friday "how we can move this deal
    forward" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 10/16).

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         A poll of 1,000 "high-propensity" L.A. resident voters shows
    that "three-quarters oppose spending public money to build a
    hockey and basketball arena -- or a hotel and entertainment
    complex -- near the Convention Center downtown, and more than a
    third would prefer to see the new arena built in Inglewood rather
    than L.A.," according to Jodi Wilgoren in the L.A. TIMES.  The
    poll, funded with $15,000 from three Inglewood-based
    institutions, was commissioned by Councilperson Nate Holden, who
    is viewed as "one of the most vigorous opponents" toward the
    downtown project.  83% surveyed said local residents should vote
    on whether the city should subsidize a new arena; "only" 31%
    would like to see an arena downtown; while 38% "favored" a
    competing site near Hollywood Park in Inglewood; and 31% did not
    know.  L.A. Times Acting Poll Dir Susan Pinkus said the Holden
    survey didn't ask "the most basic question," of "Should a new
    arena be built at all?"  Pinkus also "criticized" the methodology
    of the pollster, Claremont-McKenna College political science
    professor Fred Balitzer, saying that "using prepared lists of
    voters rather than random phone numbers skews the sample."
    Balitzer defended his method: "High-propensity voters are a
    window into the life of the electorate" (L.A. TIMES, 10/16).

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         The Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) decided Wednesday to
    proceed with the sale of bonds to pay for a new $168M Bucs
    stadium because they "believe they will win their legal war" with
    former Tampa Mayor William Poe, according to Joe Henderson of the
    TAMPA TRIBUNE.  Poe has appealed to stop the stadium deal.  TSA
    also approved a contract with Huber, Hunt & Nichols to build the
    stadium.  The contract "calls for an initial guaranteed maximum"
    price of $156M on the stadium, plus "about" $12M in architects
    fees and other charges.  Huber, Hunt & Nichols will receive a $7M
    fee which is equal to 4.5% of the project and can earn a $250,000
    bonus if the facility is completed by September 19, 1998.  The
    TSA also paid HOK $4M "to pay back charges owed" the
    architectural design firm (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/17).

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         An anti-stadium group, led by the Libertarian parties in
    both Wisconsin and metropolitan Milwaukee, have asked U.S.
    District Judge Thomas Curran to issue a preliminary injunction to
    block the Brewers stadium project until their challenge to the
    legality of the stadium tax is decided (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
    SENTINEL, 10/17)....In Philadelphia, the city hopes to release
    recommendations on stadium deals for the Phillies and Eagles by
    the spring.  David Cohen, Mayor Ed Rendell's Chief of Staff:
    "We've got our teams ... through the year 2011.  They ain't
    leaving" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 10/17)....John Thompson, the
    Browns "Big Dawg," is set to purchase a PSL for the new football
    stadium.  Thompson: "I'm going to buy one, although $250 [the
    cheapest PSL] is all I can afford" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER,

    Print | Tags: Cleveland Browns, Facilities, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies
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