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  • ARE PATRIOTS GETTING COLD FEET OVER RI DEAL DEADLINE?

              A "planned negotiating session" between RI Gov. Lincoln
         Almond's administration and the Patriots "fizzled yesterday
         amid signs of tension, but Almond nonetheless said he is
         sticking to his deadline of tomorrow to cut a Providence
         stadium deal," according to Christopher Rowland of the
         Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN.  Almond did not say what would
         happen if the deadline passes with no deal, but the Patriots
         said that "they were not going to rush their deliberations." 
         Sources familiar with the talks said that the Patriots "were
         frustrated by Almond's public call" for team Owner Robert
         Kraft to sign a "memorandum of understanding" by Friday. 
         The team "has expressed discomfort" with Almond's request
         that they "commit" to RI "and not entertain competing offer"
         from MA (Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/18). 
              IN BOSTON: If Kraft moves the team, "there apparently
         will be no hue and cry on Beacon Hill, and certainly far
         less than there was when he tried to relocate the team to
         South Boston," according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE
         in a front-page analysis of the team's stadium saga.  One
         individual involved in the talks said a RI deal is "very
         realistic, both in terms of deal structure and in terms of
         timing."  The individual added Foxboro officials "can't get
         their act together ... Rhode Island is way ahead of them. 
         Kraft preferred to stay in [Foxboro], but saw no momentum or
         energy being created."  The GLOBE's Cassidy adds that Kraft
         "is now considering" bringing NASCAR racing to Foxboro to
         replace the team (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).  A GLOBE editorial
         calls for MA Acting Gov. Paul Cellucci to "get behind a
         proposal that combines state aid" with the Foxboro plan
         (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).  GLOBE media writer Howard Manly notes
         a move would have the team leaving the sixth-largest media
         market, with two million TV households, to the 46th-largest
         with about 600,000 TV households (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/18).
    
    

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  • FACILITIES & VENUES NOTES

              NEW YORK: Prospective Islanders Owners Steven
         Gluckstern and Howard Milstein met with Nassau County Exec
         Thomas Gulotta for "what both sides described as a
         constructive, get-to-know-each-other meeting" regarding the 
         possible development of the 70-acre site of the Nassau
         Coliseum (Ken Moritsugu, NEWSDAY, 9/18).
              INDIANAPOLIS: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)
         President Tony George "said he believes it's possible a
         Formula One race could be held" at IMS before the end of
         '99.  George: "It would be an awfully big challenge, but
         it's feasible" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 9/18).
    
    

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  • HOUSTON ADDS CAR RENTAL TO HOTEL TAX FOR PARK CONSTRUCTION

              The cost of renting a car in Harris County, TX, will
         increase 5% on October 1 after a tax was imposed Wednesday
         to help finance construction of Houston's new ballpark,
         according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  The
         newly created Harris County/Houston Sports Authority imposed
         the tax one week after imposing a 2% The rental car tax was
         set "after board members got their first look at the latest
         design for a proposed retractable-roof baseball park the
         authority is expected to start building later this year." 
         Authority members and project architects "promised" that the
         stadium "will come in at no more" than $250M and open by
         April 1, 2000 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/18).
    
    

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  • L.A. ARENA DEVELOPERS SAY INITIATIVE AN ARENA KILLER

              Developers of a new downtown L.A. arena "vowed
         Wednesday to abandon their plans" if a proposed initiative
         requiring popular votes on publicly subsidized pro sports
         facilities qualifies for the ballot, according to Ted
         Rohrlich of the L.A. TIMES.  Rohrlich: "The statement
         represented a significant toughening of the developers'
         previous public position that they would probably abandon
         the project if the proposed initiative by Councilman Joel
         Wachs receives the 62,000 signatures it needs in the next
         four months to qualify for a spot on the ballot sometime
         next year.  The developers also indicated that they are
         willing to wage a publicity campaign to dissuade voters from
         signing the councilman's petitions."  Anschutz Corp.
         President Cannon Harvey: "We will certainly do what is
         necessary to make sure that Mr. Wachs' proposed initiative
         is well understood by the voters" (L.A. TIMES, 9/18).
    
    

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  • LIONS NARROW LIST DOWN TO THREE FIRMS -- TWO MAY JOIN FORCES

              Detroit-based architecture firms Barton Malow Co. and
         Walbridge Aldinger Co., MI's "two largest construction
         firms," are "among finalists" to construct the Lions' new
         $225M stadium in downtown Detroit, according to Patricia
         Montemurri of the DETROIT FREE PRESS.  Officials "close to
         the negotiations" said that the two firms may "team up" to
         build the stadium.  The two firms "have worked with each
         other on some projects, but their collaboration rarely has
         taken the form of a joint partnership."  Turner Construction
         Co., which will oversee the Tigers' new ballpark, is also a
         finalist for the project (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/19).
    
    

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