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              NBA attorneys will testify today in Olympia, WA,
         "against the portion of the Seahawk stadium-financing plan
         that would tax sports memorabilia and apparel licensed by
         the NBA," according to Robert Nelson of the SEATTLE TIMES. 
         Chris Brienza, NBA Dir of Media Relations: "We don't
         understand why the NBA is being asked to pay for a football
         stadium."  The publicly funded portion of the stadium plan
         will be the subject of two hearings today.  NBA Chief Legal
         Office Jeffrey Mishkin is one of two league officials who
         will testify.  Saturday, he called the proposed 10%
         wholesale tax on licensed, logo-bearing merchandise "simply
         unfair."  Mishkin: "Our basic position here is that we
         cannot understand why the NBA should be asked to pay for a
         public project we did not ask for and will not benefit
         from."  One official said the league's attorneys "will not
         comment on the rest of the plan or the wisdom of using
         public money to finance it."  The TIMES' Nelson reports that
         one of the NBA's "concerns" is that the 10% surcharge "would
         make it more difficult for league-sanctioned apparel to
         compete in price against clothing sold by Polo, Nike and
         other manufacturers" (SEATTLE TIMES, 3/1). 

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              In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports there "are strong
         indications that the state Legislature will not approve the
         $51 million St. Paul needs to remodel the Civic Center to
         get an NHL team.  If not, look for the Minneapolis City
         Counsel to come up with a new financial plan for the Target
         Center," to make room for the T'Wolves and a new NHL team to
         play there (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/2)....The STAR
         TRIBUNE's Jay Weiner examines the Twins' ballpark deal with
         the state owning 49% of the team: "Aside from the
         philosophical arguments are the complex financial questions
         about whether such an arrangement is a good investment.  The
         answers have much to do with the future appreciation of
         baseball teams" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/1)....The MLB
         Giants have asked permission to increase prices this season
         on about 20% on food and drinks at Candlestick Park. S.F.'s
         Recreation and Park Commission "must consider the request --
         made by the Giants on behalf of its concessionaire, Volume
         Services.  Under city policy, the request must be granted as
         long as it is 'reasonable'" (S.F. EXAMINER, 3/1).        

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