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  • FACILITY NOTES

              In Toronto, David Shoalts reported that two new sites
         are under consideration for the Maple Leafs' new arena. 
         Although the team "won't say" where the proposed sites are,
         Shoalts writes that "at least one of them is out of the
         downtown Toronto core" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/30)....Officials of
         the New England Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America
         and the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord
         Injury Association have dismissed their lawsuit brought last
         year over the sightlines at the FleetCenter.  In return, the
         FleetCenter has agreed to provide enhanced accessible and
         companion seats on all levels of the arena (FleetCenter).
    
    

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  • HE'S NO DOCTOR DOOM! MCLANE MAKES PRESENCE AT GROUNDBREAKING

              Astros Owner Drayton McLane Jr. attended yesterday's
         groundbreaking ceremony for Houston's new downtown ballpark,
         "ending two days of speculation" that he might not show up
         "since he has not completed a letter of agreement" for a
         long-term lease with the Harris County-Houston Sports
         Authority, according to John Williams of the HOUSTON
         CHRONICLE.  McLane said that the "biggest holdup" in talks is
         how to keep the projects's cost under the "promised" $250M
         cost, but added that he "expects" to have the negotiations
         completed "early next week" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/31).
    
    

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  • IS NEW STADIUM IN PHILADELPHIA A TRICK OR A TREAT?

               Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell said yesterday that he
         "prefers a Center City location" for any new sports facility, 
         but is "concerned that costs may be prohibitive," according
         to Marder & Gorenstein of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. 
         Rendell's announcement came as the City Council announced
         plans to organize a "series of public hearings on what kind
         of stadium is needed and where it would go."  Rendell: "If a
         downtown stadium ... adds $80 million to the cost of the
         project ... then, folks, it ain't gonna be downtown."  The
         Mayor also said that he would agree to a South Philadelphia
         site "only if plans included shops, restaurants, and possibly
         an NFL Hall Of Fame," and added that discussion of a stadium
         location was "premature" until the state decided how much
         money it will contribute to the cost, estimated to be more
         than $200M (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/31).  An Arthur
         Andersen study showed that a ballpark built anywhere in or
         near Center City would have an $416M annual economic impact
         on the city, while a park in South Philadelphia would
         generate $341M in annual revenue (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 10/31).
    
    

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  • PEPSI CENTER TO BE THE CHOICE OF DENVER'S GENERATIONEXT

              Ascent Ent. and Denver officials "compromised" on a
         final deal for the $170M Pepsi Center yesterday, according to
         Ann Imse of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS.  City negotiators "gave
         up their demand" for veto power over a new owner if Ascent
         sells the Avalanche and Nuggets, but the city "won written
         assurances" that it won't be left with millions of dollars in
         expenses to run the arena if Ascent "goes bankrupt or
         otherwise defaults."  Ascent "will pay for the arena and keep
         the revenue."  Imse adds that the city is "giving up millions
         of dollars in tax revenues" and "releasing" the Nuggets from
         a long-term lease at McNichols Arena "in exchange for a
         guarantee that both teams will remain" in Denver for 25 years
         (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 10/31).  The city will also give Ascent
         a "bundle of lucrative concessions," including $4.5M for
         infrastructure and $2.25M in sales-tax rebates during the
         two-year construction period (Alan Snel, DENVER POST, 10/31).
    
    

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  • POLL SHOWS MA VOTERS WANT PATS; DO THEY WANT PETE CARROLL?

              A new poll shows that MA voters "are willing to pay" for
         land and road improvements around Foxboro Stadium to keep the
         Patriots, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE.  The
         Boston Globe/WBZ-TV survey of 400 registered voters,
         conducted by KRC Communications Research from October 26-29,
         showed that 57% of the respondents said they "were in favor"
         of investing money for infrastructure improvements, "provided
         no funds are used for the stadium;" 22% said they "were"
         against the idea, while 21% were undecided or refused to
         answer.  In response to a more "general question" asking
         whether they would "support or oppose the use of state
         funding" to keep the Patriots in MA, favorability "slipped"
         to 51%, with 31% against and 18% with no opinion.  The poll
         had a margin of error of +/- 5% (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/31).
    
    

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