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              Denver officials said they will take an "honest look"
         at redeveloping Mile High Stadium as an alternative to
         building a new Broncos facility, according to Alan Snel of
         the DENVER POST.  Officials said the city will take three
         steps to evaluate Mile High's redevelopment potential.  City
         officials will submit Mile High to a regional stadium site
         board; they will talk to Broncos officials to discuss the
         team's "exact needs" for a new facility; and they will hire
         a consultant to analyze the costs of rehabilitating Mile
         High.  The study will cost "at least" $200,000.  State Sen.
         Mike Coffman will also introduce a bill in the General
         Assembly that would give the Metropolitan Denver Football
         Stadium District Board the authority to remodel Mile High --
          authority the stadium board "currently lacks." Broncos
         lobbyist Porter Wharton "questioned" whether a renovated
         Mile High would meet NFL stadium criteria and whether it
         could accommodate extensive maintenance costs outlined in a
         city engineering study (DENVER POST, 3/19).

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              TX State Rep. Kim Brimer said yesterday that athletes
         should help pay for new arenas through a "locker room usage
         fee" of up to $5,000 per player per game.  Stars President
         Jim Lites, calling the fee an income tax, added such a plan
         "ain't gonna wash" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/19)....In
         Atlanta, the City Council voted to rename a section of
         Capitol Avenue, including the part that passes Turner Field,
         Hank Aaron Drive (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/18)....Also in
         Atlanta, the dispute over Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
         "appears to be headed to court," over the issue of whether
         city and county officials give away public property without
         a legislative body debating and voting on the contract.  In
         '93, the Braves were given a 20-year lease on the land where
         Fulton County Stadium sits and the agreement with the team
         calls for the stadium to be demolished to make room for
         2,300 parking spaces (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/16)....New
         Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA) officials
         confirmed that they are "actively negotiating" a naming
         rights deal with Seagrams to rename the Meadowlands
         racetrack Seagrams Park at the Meadowlands (N.Y. POST,
         3/19)....The Raleigh City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday to delay
         $48M in additional public funding for a sports arena until
         more seats on the arena authority are filled locally and
         additional hotel-tax revenues are earmarked for the arts. 
         The Council and Wake County officials "are trying to resolve
         their differences" on the financing repayment conditions
         (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 3/19).

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              The WI State Senate voted 18-15 Tuesday to have the
         Judiciary Committee review the bill that would limit the
         leasing of equipment for the Brewers' Miller Park, according
         to Amy Rinard of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Stadium
         Board Chair Robert Trunzo and Brewers President Bud Selig
         "praised the Senate's action."  The possibility that the
         bill would "spark a string of lawsuits ... that would delay
         or even kill the project" arose during the vote.  Sen. Joe
         Wineke, the bill's sponsor, said the delay "would ultimately
         kill the legislation."  Judiciary Chair Lynn Adelman opposes
         the legislation (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/18).  

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