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ORIOLES AND MSA SPAR OVER ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT

          The Orioles and the MD Stadium Authority (MSA) "appear
     to be on another collision course as the state agency moves
     forward this week with plans for a Niketown-type
     entertainment complex at Camden Yards -- a development the
     team bitterly opposes," according to Jon Morgan of the
     Baltimore SUN.  The MSA "is expected" to issue a "formal
     request for ideas to develop the land -- now a parking lot  
     -- between the Ravens' and Orioles' stadium."  The MSA wants
     to "incorporate a parking garage into the development and
     pay for it with revenue" from the complex.  But the Orioles,
     while "eager to replace parking lost to the construction of
     the Ravens' stadium, prefer a parking garage be built across
     the street," on a site now occupied by businesses.  Orioles
     attorney Alan Rifkin said that the club would "take legal
     action to block the entertainment complex," but the MSA said
     that the team "cannot prevent development on the state-owned
     site as long as it does not interfere with baseball games"
     (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 10/1).  

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