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              RI Gov. Lincoln Almond said he would like to complete a
         stadium deal with the Patriots this week, but said, "we
         still have a way to go," according to Karen Lee Ziner of the
         Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN.  Reacting to reports on Boston
         news stations yesterday that the team plans to announce a
         stadium deal with the state of RI "this week,"  Almond said
         "we're still verifying things ... It takes a lot of
         diligence on both sides to finalize figures." Providence
         Mayor Vincent Cianci "reiterated" that there were a number
         of issues remaining (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/15).  In Boston,
         Will McDonough reported the Patriots "appear to be a lock"
         to move to RI, with the state finalizing its offer "within
         the next month."  McDonough added there is "no sweetener" in
         the deal for Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as the state will
         give him the land for the stadium, help with the roadways
         necessary, contribute "some money" to the construction of
         the new stadium, and "perhaps" set aside a piece of land at
         the site that the team can develop (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/13). 

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              About 2,000 of the 15,000 premium club seats at the
         Redskins' new Jack Kent Cooke Stadium were "still not sold"
         for yesterday's inaugural game, according to Thomas Heath of
         the WASHINGTON POST.  The seats, priced at $99-199 per game,
         are for sale under five, seven, or ten-year leases.  Home
         games "will continue to be" on TV despite the unsold seats,
         since club seats do not count under the NFL blackout policy. 
         Redskins' Dir. of PR Mike McCall said the seats "will be
         sold by the end of the season" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/15).
              REVIEWS ARE IN: In DC, Frank Ahrens reviews the new
         facility, writing the "most important test of any football
         stadium is how well, and comfortably, it lets the fans watch
         the game.  Here, Cooke Stadium shines"(WASHINGTON POST,
         9/15).  But in Baltimore, Vito Stellino called it, "Giants
         Stadium with more premium seats.  It has a dated, obsolete
         look with no special touches" (Baltimore SUN, 9/14).
              PRIVATE VS. PUBLIC: In Baltimore, Jon Morgan wrote on
         stadium financing, adding while it's "too soon to declare a
         trend," private financing has "sneaked" into several stadium
         deals.  NFL Senior VP/League & Dev. Roger Goodell said that
         while all-private financing is "possible ... it's very
         difficult to structure a stadium deal that does not have a
         public component to it" (Baltimore SUN, 9/14).

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              CA-based Edison Int'l has agreed to a 20-year deal "for
         about" $2.5M per year "to become the title sponsor" of
         Anaheim Stadium, according Barbara Kingsley of the ORANGE
         COUNTY REGISTER.  The deal with the utility company is
         scheduled to be announced today.  Edison, which is currently
         an Angels TV sponsor and a radio sponsor of the MLS Galaxy,
         will receive "signage in the stadium and other broadcast
         advertising" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/13).  In L.A., Greg
         Hernandez wrote Disney will earn "about" $1.4M annually in
         the 20-year deal.  Anaheim Stadium will now be referred to
         as "Edison Field," and a logo of a baseball diamond with
         Edison's own logo inside will be featured at the end of each
         row of seats, on tickets and throughout the stadium.  Edison
         will also receive "prime" ad space and will have use of a
         $165,000 luxury suite (L.A. TIMES, 9/14).  

    Print | Tags: LA Angels, AEG, Facilities, Los Angeles Galaxy, Walt Disney

              MLB: The Reds said they would consider renovating
         Cinergy Field "in the unlikely event they can't strike a
         deal with Hamilton County for a new ballpark."  Reds
         Managing Exec John Allen said "he fully expects to agree on
         a deal for a new ballpark," but added "if, for whatever
         reason, the deal couldn't work...yes, we would consider a
         renovation" (Geoff Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 9/13).
              NAMING RIGHTS: AT&T is among the companies "that
         expressed interest" in acquiring naming rights to the
         Panthers' Sunrise arena (Barry Jackson, MIAMI HERALD, 9/14).

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