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GET "UP CLOSE" AND IN THE HEADLINES TO LEARN CARMEN'S POLICY

          49ers President Carmen Policy was a guest on ESPN's "Up
     Close" yesterday.  Policy, on the controversy surrounding
     the June vote on a new stadium-retail complex vote: "There
     are reports that nine dead people voted in that election,
     but these were very conscientious dead people, because they
     voted in five other elections prior to this election."  On
     the facility's progression: "We anticipate that the stadium
     structure will be ready for play in the year 2000."  On the
     possibility of the 49ers moving had they not won the
     election: "[T]here were better deals elsewhere ... The worst
     deal financially was to stay, but we feel that in the long
     term ... we're better off remaining right where we are."  On
     competition in the Bay Area with Al Davis and the Raiders:
     "Their failed attempt to successfully market their program
     and their project definitely impacted us during the campaign
     for the stadium and impacted us in a very negative way. ...
     I don't see there being any crossover in terms of those who
     would be interested in purchasing tickets or suites for the
     49ers games as opposed to those who would want to purchase
     tickets and suites for the Raiders" (ESPN, 9/17).

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