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              "Nobody in Olympia [WA] is enthusiastic about the
         prospects" of Paul Allen's chances for success with the
         Seahawks new stadium, according to Ed Penhale in the SEATTLE
         POST-INTELLIGENCER.  Allen, who has an exclusive option to
         buy the Seahawks, wants something "like what the Mariners
         got -- a package of specialty taxes aimed at fans and
         tourists to finance bonds," covering the bulk of the cost of
         the stadium project.  But Allen "is making it easier" for
         lawmakers to consider his proposal by calling for a public
         vote on a funding package for football, as well as putting
         up $100M of his own money for the project.  But legislative
         leaders said there is "no chance" they will look at Seahawk
         stadium funding if the Mariner ballpark plan remains
         unresolved (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/13).  Elliott
         Almond of the SEATTLE TIMES wrote on the Seahawks stadium
         under the header "Legislators Are Ready to Punt on 'Hawks
         Stadium."  Almond: "In a climate vastly different than the
         fall of 1995, when lawmakers approved special taxes to fund
         a ballpark after the Mariners won the American League West
         in dramatic fashion, the temperature is as cold as the
         winter weather" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/10).  

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              Commitments for private suites at the new Bengals
         stadium have hit 60, putting the program 75% towards its
         April 30 sales target.  The agreement between the Bengals
         and Hamilton County specifies that 80 private suites must be
         leased by April 30 (Bengals).  The 12-seat suites, available
         in six, eight and ten-year leases with annual price
         increases of 3-5%, range from $45-$134,000. The price will
         cover the cost of tickets and parking, but not food
         (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/12).  Columnist Tim Sullivan, noting
         the suite sales: "The last loophole that would allow
         [Bengals Owner] Mike Brown to take his team to Cleveland is
         slowly being shut" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/12).

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              An "inexpensive line fuse" burned out during play of
         the AFC Championship game yesterday, and play was suspended
         for eleven minutes due to darkness, according to Kevin Paul
         Dupont of the BOSTON GLOBE.  The power outage "could only
         add fuel" to Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's bid for a new
         stadium (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/13).  Kraft, on the incident:
         "You're not thinking that we set this up to happen this
         way?" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/12).  NBC's Greg Gumbel noted
         Kraft's stadium pursuit during the delay: "What has been Bob
         Kraft's big move here in New England?  He wants a new
         stadium for these Patriots.  What better argument could he
         have?"  NBC's Cris Collinsworth: "You don't suppose he
         turned the lights out do you?" ("NFL on NBC," NBC, 1/12).

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              San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory said the city "has
         no intention of halting construction" at Jack Murphy 
         Stadium, despite "growing community opposition and second
         thoughts by some council members," according to Barry Bloom
         of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  City Council is scheduled
         to discuss pending litigation against the expansion Tuesday. 
         In recent days, "doubts about the expansion have been voiced
         by many council members," and Councilmember Judy McCarty
         said the expansion plan should be put to a vote.  McGrory:
         "If I thought what we were doing was illegal, I would have
         never given the green light for construction to begin."  The
         council recently passed an $18M amendment to the original
         $60M expansion deal, and former Councilmember Bruce
         Henderson is leading a referendum drive aimed at placing the
         $18M amendment on the ballot.  On Thursday, he filed "the
         last of more than 60,000 signatures collected in the last
         month."  He has also filed a suit asking a judge to decide
         if the referendum should include the whole $78M project. The
         lawsuit also "seeks to halt the project" while the
         referendum is pending (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/11). 

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              "Faced with a realization that today's Mariner-imposed
         deadline can't be met," the Seattle City Council has asked
         the team for more time to come up with a financial
         compromise, according to Heath Foster of the SEATTLE POST-
         INTELLIGENCER.  Councilmember Sue Donaldson said team
         officials would let her know this morning.  A majority of
         the council would not support a proposal to use "no more
         than $500,000 a year of city tax revenue" to pay for game-
         day traffic control and cleanup when the team moves to its
         new stadium in '99.  The M's gave the city until today to
         come up with a plan to handle game-day costs and team owners
         said the alternative was to put the team up for sale.  The
         20-year ballpark lease signed before Christmas gives either
         side the right to terminate the lease if a deal isn't
         reached by today (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/13).

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              Due to delays in choosing a site, the proposed new L.A.
         arena to be shared by the Kings and Lakers won't be ready to
         open in the fall of '99, as originally planned.  The arena
         will likely open in the summer of 2000 (L.A. TIMES, 1/11).
         ....In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner examines the formation of the
         Twins stadium proposal last week.  Weiner: "The business
         relationship between [Metropolitan Sports Facilities
         Commission Chair Henry] Savelkoul and [Twins Owner] Carl
         Pohlad intensified as they became friends. ...The Twins'
         cash contribution rose.  A  concept to have the state buy
         out the Pohlads was agreed upon.  A level of comfort had
         arrived"  (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/12)....The Oakland-
         Alameda County Coliseum Authority "refused" to turn over $1M
         to the Oakland Football Marketing Association. Instead, they
         transferred $500,000 to the OFMA with a promise to consider
         making additional public funds available within 45 days (SAN
         JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/10).

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