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              The Raptors have "issued a deadline" of next Wednesday
         for the Maple Leafs to decide if they're interested in a
         joint arena deal, according to Craig Daniels of the TORONTO
         SUN.  If the Leafs "can't make up their minds by then," the
         Raptors "claim they'll go at it alone" at Air Canada Centre. 
         Daniels notes that the deadline is "being driven" by a C$40M
         payment that Raptors Majority Owner Allan Slaight has to
         make before January 18 to commission construction of the
         proposed Air Canada Centre (TORONTO SUN, 1/9).

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              Over 1,300 attended a two-hour meeting in South Boston
         to discuss the possibility of building a football stadium in
         the neighborhood, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON
         GLOBE.  Throughout the meeting, residents and politicians
         "expressed loud opposition" to the Patriots' bid to build a
         $200M stadium in South Boston and "not one" person spoke in
         favor of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's proposal.  Kraft was
         called a "coward" for not attending the meeting, during
         which local leaders "spent most of the night calling the
         team owner dishonest as well for saying he would not build
         the stadium if the community is against it."  Cassidy
         reports that while Kraft said he had committed to other
         business obligations before receiving an invitation to the
         meeting, sources said the Pats' owner was concerned that "a
         hostile audience would make it difficult for him to explain
         the proposal in detail" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).  Boston Mayor
         Thomas Menino, on the Patriots playoff run putting new focus
         on the stadium issue: "It's getting a little crazy. ...
         Because of all the excitement, Kraft sees an opportunity and
         thinks he'll play on the emotions of the people.  And he's
         doing it" (Brian Mooney, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9).  Tina Cassidy
         reported in yesterday's BOSTON GLOBE that RI Gov. Lincoln
         Almond called Kraft to say the state was willing to help the
         team find a new home "within it's borders" if a new stadium
         deal cannot be sealed in MA (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/8).

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              A reported deal between Seattle and the Mariners is "on
         the skids again amid growing signs of opposition by City
         Council members."  A news conference to announce a proposal
         for the city and the M's to share game-day costs was
         canceled by Mayor Norm Rice late Tuesday (SEATTLE TIMES,
         1/8)....In Houston, at Mayor Bob Lanier's request, the City
         Council unanimously approved a contract Wednesday to hire
         lawyer Richard Caldwell for $40,000 to "represent the city's
         interest in [Rocket's owner Les] Alexander's lawsuit to get
         out of the Rockets' lease of the city-owned Summit" (HOUSTON
         CHRONICLE, 1/9)....Developers Jim Bradley and Tom Bradley
         will head the building of the $6M Ice Sports Forum in
         Brandon, FL -- a twin-rink ice-skating facility that will
         become the practice home for the Lightning (Lightning).
         ...Renovations at the Rose Bowl include the selection of a
         Panasonic Astrovision Giant Video Display Screen.  The
         Astrovision purchase is part of the $22M Rose Bowl
         Improvement Project currently underway (Rose Bowl).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Houston Rockets, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Lightning
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