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              Pro-stadium group Minnesota Wins said that a new poll
         it commissioned shows that the stadium issue "could swing
         some legislative races" in '98 if legislators reject a
         gambling-linked ballpark finance package and the Twins move,
         according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. 
         The 607-person poll conducted by MN-based Decision Resources
         Ltd. of Minneapolis, found that "up to" 14% of state voters
         "would punish their legislators for voting against a
         ballpark package if gambling were the funding sources and
         the Twins fled."  The poll also shows 7% of voters would
         "reward" legislators for such a vote.  Political consultant
         John Himle said that net swing of 7% "could affect tight
         races in the" '98 House elections.  State Sen. John
         Hottinger called the poll "highly suspect" since it was paid
         for by Minnesota Wins "at a cost of about $10,000."  Weiner
         adds the poll "reflects ambivalence among Minnesotans." 
         Asked first if they would support a new stadium, 59% said
         no.  But later, asked if they would support a ballpark if
         there were no "new taxes and no state general revenues
         used," 73% said yes (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/30). 

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              Olympia Development, owned by Tigers & Red Wings Owner
         Mike Ilitch, confirmed Monday that it "has bought about
         three acres of parking lots" near the site of the Tigers'
         new ballpark, according to Patricia Montemurri of the
         DETROIT FREE PRESS.  Olympia spokesperson Alexander
         Sebastian said the land was bought for "stadium-related
         development."  The purchase gives Ilitch "more control over
         future development in the area" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/30).

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              Oakland Alameda Coliseum authority officials filed a
         lawsuit yesterday against the Raiders charging them with
         interfering with a $17.5M naming-rights deal with UMAX
         Corp., according to Rick DelVecchio in a front-page story in
         the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The dispute "is the most dramatic
         example of the deterioration of relations between the NFL
         team and East Bay officials."  The Coliseum complaint
         accuses the Raiders of making "unreasonable objections to
         the name sale to extract more cash from the Coliseum."  The
         Coliseum authority is seeking damages from the team "and a
         judgment on whether the Raiders have a right to break" their
         lease.  Raiders attorney Joseph Alioto: "We are trying to
         work things out with them.  ... We're not talking about
         leaving Oakland, but if they're trying to force us out of
         Oakland they're going about it the right way."  Alioto said
         that the Raiders "aren't bluffing and will insist in the
         counterclaim that East Bay officials haven't fulfilled their
         end of the lease agreement" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/30).  In San
         Jose, Frances Dinkelspiel reports that Raiders officials
         contend "they had been misled" by East Bay officials who
         told them in '95 that selling out the Coliseum "for Raiders
         games would be no problem."  UMAX officials had no comment
         on the lawsuit and said they "still hope the name deal is
         viable" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/30).

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