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              MLB: Walt Disney Chair Michael Eisner and Edison CEO
         John Bryson jointly announced the naming of Edison
         International Field of Anaheim yesterday (Edison).  The deal
         represents a 20-year, $2.5M total sponsorship package
         (Barbara Kingsley, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/16). 
              NHL: The Kiel Center plans to sell naming rights to the
         arena.  Clark Enterprises Chair Jerry Ritter hopes to have
         the new name "in place" by the start of the '98-99 hockey
         season (ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/15 issue). ...KC-based
         Heinlein + Schrock Architecture has been selected to design
         Nationwide Arena - the new NHL arena for downtown Columbus,
         OH.  The 18,500-seat, $120M arena is set to open in August
         2000 (Heinlein + Schrock Architecture).
              NFL: In AZ, the East Valley Partnership is interested
         in a natural-grass playing surface that can be moved in and
         out of the building on a rail system for its proposed
         retractable roof multipurpose facility (ARIZONA REPUBLIC,
         9/13)....The Redskins agreed to "modify" their elaborate
         color-coded parking plan at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium after
         state and local officials said that delays in sorting
         permit-holders held up traffic before Sunday's inaugural
         game.  In all, 6,200 people rode shuttle buses from Metro
         stations to the stadium (Pan & Fehr, WASHINGTON POST, 9/16).
              NBA: Mavericks execs said they are "on schedule" to
         place an arena development proposal before city council
         members "within a month," but they still won't say which
         city council will be receiving their arena plan (David
         Markiewicz, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/15).

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              There is "a battle being waged" between Dolphins Owner
         Wayne Huizenga and the NFL over a 220-foot rotating ad sign
         directly behind one set of goal posts at Pro Player Stadium,
         according to Mike Freeman of the N.Y. TIMES.  Freeman: "It
         is not on the level of Jerry Jones and the NFL, because
         Huizenga cooperates with the league more than Jones.  But
         the result is the same: Huizenga does what he wants and the
         league isn't happy about it."  An NFL spokesperson said that
         the league has written to Huizenga, "citing its unhappiness
         with the placement of the advertising."  The NFL reportedly
         also told the team "that no advertisements can be placed at
         field level."  The situation is being "closely watched by
         many in the league," and fact, "many observers expect" the
         league to soon fine the Dolphins (N.Y. TIMES, 9/14).  
              AMBUSHED: In Toronto, William Houston reported that TSN
         execs are "upset" over the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats selling a
         sign advertisement to a sports TV "rival."  The ad in
         Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium promotes the cable service
         Headline Sports, and is "visible" on TV broadcasts.  TSN,
         which carries 40 CFL games, wants the ad removed, but
         Houston wrote the Tiger-Cats "[need] the money."  The matter
         is before the league.  The ad space is "rumored" to have
         been sold for C$12,000 (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/13).

    Print | Tags: CFL, Facilities, Miami Dolphins, NFL

              RI officials met with Patriots Owner Robert Kraft in
         Boston yesterday "to try to work out a deal that would lure
         the team across state lines," according to Tina Cassidy of
         the BOSTON GLOBE.  Another meeting is scheduled for
         Wednesday.  While sources say "that both sides are feeling
         positive about the negotiations," Patriots VP/
         Communications Don Lowery dismissed reports that Kraft has
         already agreed to move (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/16).  In Providence,
         Christopher Rowland reports that PSLs would be used to raise
         $43.5M of the stadium financing.  Of the 68,000 seats, about
         58,000 would be subject to PSLs, "with the majority costing
         $750 or less" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL BULLETIN, 9/16). 

    Print | Tags: Facilities, New England Patriots

              No new talks have been scheduled between the Raiders
         and Oakland and Alameda County officials to work out
         differences over Umax Data Systems' naming-rights agreement,
         putting the deal "in danger of falling apart," according to
         Renee Koury of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  As the NFL season
         continues, "it could reduce" Umax's "incentive" to buy
         naming rights.  Seven home games remain, with the next one
         scheduled for September 28 (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/15).

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