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WILL BRONCOS PLAYOFF LOSS HAVE STADIUM IMPLICATIONS?

          Despite talk that the Broncos playoff loss "will hurt
     the team's drive for a new stadium," a post-game poll showed
     public opinion is running "at about the same pace" it was
     nearly two months ago, according to Alan Snel in today's
     DENVER POST.  A poll conducted Monday by Denver's KUSA-TV
     showed 56% of 500 metro-area residents are opposed to
     extending the Coors Field 1-penny-per-$10 sales tax to help
     pay for a new stadium while 39% support the tax.  5% were
     undecided.  A November 20 poll showed 54% against and 40%
     for the tax.  Broncos stadium consultant Porter Wharton:
     "People are going to make up their minds based on whether it
     (the new stadium) is in the best interest of the community
     and the long-term viability of the franchise -- not what
     happens on the football field" (DENVER POST, 1/8). 
     Columnist Ralph Routon of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE
     TELEGRAPH calls the loss to the Jaguars "the $250-Million-
     Dollar Defeat."  Routon writes Broncos owner Pat Bowlen now
     is "facing fourth-and-40 from his own 1-yard line" (Colorado
     Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, 1/7).  Denver Mayor Wellington
     Webb also said that the Broncos playoff loss "would not hurt
     the Broncos' efforts."  Webb: "It will revolve around how a
     campaign is put together (DENVER POST, 1/7).  
          TALK ABOUT CHEAP: The effect of the Broncos loss on
     local merchandisers is examined by Mike Patty in ROCKY
     MOUNTAIN NEWS.  One "idle employee" at a sports store in a
     Denver mall: "It's traditional after any Broncos loss for us
     to experience a lull, but it will probably be especially bad
     after such high expectations.  The only people we've had in
     are those wanting to know if Bronco stuff is half-price"
     (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1/6).
 
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