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              NAME GAME: Naming rights will be sold to the Bandimere
         Speedway in Denver.  Speedway President/GM John Bandimere
         Jr. said "he has pitched the sale of naming rights to
         Pennzoil and Chrysler Corp. and is now testing further
         interest in a deal" (DENVER POST, 9/18).

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              NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello told THE DAILY
         yesterday that, contrary to reports, there is no dispute
         between the league and the Dolphins over rotating signage at
         Pro Player Stadium.  Aiello said a large rotating sign at
         Pro Player is "not a problem" because it is high enough and
         above the goal posts.  In addition, no letters have been
         sent from the league office to the Dolphins or team Owner
         Wayne Huizenga regarding the signage (THE DAILY). 

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              Numbers are "finally being discussed that suggest how
         much taxpayers could be asked to contribute" to an East
         Valley domed stadium and National Sports Center, according
         to Lisa Gonderinger of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC.  A report by
         the East Valley Partnership says a quarter-cent sales tax
         could raise "as much as" $223M for the proposed center.  The
         report also listed "nine potential sites," to include a
         "campus-like collection of venues, with a retractable-roof
         dome over a stadium that could include both grass and ice
         surfaces" for the Cardinals and Coyotes.  It also includes a
         hotel, convention center, a sports-related theme park that
         would include the NFL Experience and Hall of Heroes, and a
         sports-entertainment center with shops and restaurants.  The
         report will now be taken to city officials in Mesa, Tempe,
         Scottsdale, Gilbert and Chandler to see whether they want to
         create a special stadium district to "hammer out further
         details of the project" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/19).  

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              Patriots Owner Robert Kraft "is expected to head to
         Providence today to complete an accord that would bind the
         Patriots to negotiating exclusively" with RI for a stadium
         package, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. 
         Talks "were expected" to go through the weekend with an
         announcement by RI Gov. Lincoln Almond planned for Monday. 
         One of the "sticking points" in the deal is "how an
         exclusivity agreement would be defined.  Almond wants Kraft
         to agree to stop pursuing a stadium proposal in [Foxboro]
         while he negotiates with Rhode Island."  Sources say Kraft
         "accepts the idea of an exclusivity clause but not one that
         is 'all encompassing'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/19).  In Providence,
         Christopher Rowland reports that Almond was expected in West
         Springfield today, and he does not mention a potential
         meeting with Kraft.  Rowland adds that among issues yet to
         be resolved include: Financing and ownership of a stadium
         parking garage; development rights for a related hotel,
         sports museum, retail shops and restaurants that Kraft would
         build; and how the state would be protected if the team
         moves before stadium bonds are paid off.  An NFL source also
         tells Rowland that the future home of Kraft's MLS Revolution
         is part of the negotiations (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/19).
              ANARCHY: Patriots VP/Communications Don Lowery
         responded to comments made by MA House Speaker Thomas
         Finneran, who described Kraft as a "whining
         multimillionaire" seeking "bribes" to keep the team in MA.
         Lowery: "At a time when we would expect leadership from the
         State House in resolving this issue, all we have seen is
         character assassination and mudslinging."   But MA Acting
         Gov. Paul Cellucci called Kraft to say "he would try to
         quickly pass through the Legislature" a proposal to expand
         Foxboro Stadium (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/19).  In Boston, business
         writer Joan Vennochi: "The truth hurts, but here it is: Bob
         Kraft, more than anyone else, is the reason the [Patriots]
         appear to be moving. ... His team has many champions.  He
         doesn't."  Vennochi criticizes Kraft's lobbying efforts,
         adding that "he continued to get blitzed by the same
         defensive team" and while he "believed he could scramble
         past them ... he never could" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/19). 

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