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              The Patriots could sign a "tentative deal" to move the
         team to RI "as early as today," according to Tina Cassidy of
         the BOSTON GLOBE.  Sources close to the deal tell Cassidy
         that RI's proposed contribution to help the team build a new
         stadium has increased to "as much as" $157M, "far above" the
         $80-120M first projected.  Cassidy's sources also say that
         the deal "would prohibit" team Owner Robert Kraft "from
         negotiating with any other community, including" Foxboro,
         although "it was not clear" whether there was a time limit
         on the exclusivity clause.  Cassidy adds that a bill being
         put together by Foxboro officials "now includes only" $50M
         in infrastructure improvements around Foxboro Stadium
         (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/23). In Providence, Scott MacKay reports
         that RI Gov. Lincoln Almond "will likely decide sometime
         this afternoon" whether to go ahead with the negotiations or
         "conclude that the stadium deal asks too much of state
         taxpayers and opt out."  MacKay also reports that Kraft has
         asked that a deal with Foxboro "be sweetened by about" $20M,
         with the extra money being used by the state to purchase
         land around Foxboro stadium.  The state would then "lease it
         back" to the team (Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/23).
              DOUBLE TAKE? Almond's administration "acknowledged
         yesterday" that the annual payments on the state's reported
         $135M share of the deal "would come from" its general fund,
         according to Christopher Rowland of the Providence JOURNAL-
         BULLETIN.  RI State Senate Majority Leader Paul Kelly "is
         calling for a nonbinding referendum" on the stadium, while
         State House Finance Committee Chair Antonio Pires said the
         deal seems to "fly in the face" of Almond's pledge not to
         expose taxpayers to risk (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/23).    

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              A S.F. CHRONICLE editorial commenting on the Raiders
         holding out on the Coliseum Authority's naming-rights deal
         with UMAX: "The Raiders' extortion ploy is all the more
         ridiculous because they are blowing a chance to get a nice
         windfall of cash and public relations.  Why do they insist
         on treating public officials as the enemy, when all parties
         have a common stake in making this deal work?" (S.F.
         CHRONICLE, 9/22)....Parking at Tropicana Field on game days
         when the Devil Rays begin play in '98 will likely cost $10
         (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/22)....The NJ Sports & Exposition
         Authority approved the first phase of an upgrade to the
         Continental Airlines Arena.  Plans call for a new sports bar
         and expanded restaurant, new bathrooms, and other amenities
         at the arena (Bergen RECORD, 9/20)....Arlington
         International Racetrack Owner Richard Duchossois, said his
         track, which is closing October 10, could possibly be home
         to the Bears.  Duchossois: "We're leaving our options open
         until after we close" (SUN-TIMES, 9/21). 

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              Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) "has offered a
         guarantee maximum price" to prospective facility contractor
         Brown & Root to build a retractable roof for a new baseball
         park in Houston, according to John Williams of the HOUSTON
         CHRONICLE.  The structure would be "similar" to the one
         which Mitsubishi is scheduled to build for Miller Park in
         Milwaukee.  The roof is the construction "variable causing
         the most concern" in Houston, due to the cost and the
         "uncertainty that one will work as well in 20 years as it
         does when new."  While Mitsubishi is keeping its Houston
         offer "private," it is considered "a major development" as
         Brown & Root aims to "ensure" that the ballpark costs no
         more than $250M (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/23).

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