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STADIUM NOTES

          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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