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  • DOVER DOWNS BUYS NASHVILLE SPEEDWAY USA; PLANS FOR NEW TRACK

              DE-based Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. has acquired
         Nashville Speedway USA with the intention of building a new
         speedway in another location "in the near future," according
         to Joe Caldwell of the NASHVILLE BANNER.  Gaylord
         Entertainment will become a minority partner in the project. 
         The new speedway initially will seat about 50,000, "with the
         ability to expand that right from the start."  Dover Downs
         President & CEO Denis McGlynn said that no plans are set to
         try to get a Winston Cup date.  McGlynn: "We are going to
         build a track that can handle any type of racing that is
         available" (NASHVILLE BANNER, 11/7).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              The Ohio State Univ. Board of Trustees approved a $150M 
         renovation plan for the university's stadium.  The renovated
         stadium will have about 98,000 seats, including spots for
         3,000 wheelchair users.  It will be paid for by proceeds
         generated from the stadium, including the sale of leases for
         76 new luxury suites (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 11/8)....The $102M-
         renovated Oakland Coliseum Arena opened Saturday as a
         sellout crowd of 19,283 attended the T-Wolves-Warriors game.
         In San Jose, columnist Bud Geracie, on the renovated arena:
         "There's not a bad seat in the house, just a bad team" (SAN
         JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/9)....In L.A., California Planning and
         Development Report Editor William Fulton wrote a commentary
         urban benefits of the L.A. Coliseum: "All the things that
         drive the NFL crazy about the Coliseum are all the things
         that make it a great place for a football stadium. ... The
         NFL notwithstanding ... it is possible to use football to
         create the same kind of intimate urban experience that
         baseball is thriving on these days.  In fact, football is
         still used this way all over the country"(L.A. TIMES, 11/9).
    
    

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  • OH HO, IT'S MAGIC, WHO'S EYEING A NEW ARENA

              Magic President & CEO Bob Vander Weide "left little
         doubt" on Friday that the team "expects a replacement" for
         the Orlando Arena, "possibly within seven years," according
         to Dan Tracy of the ORLANDO SENTINEL.  The team's current
         lease at the arena, under which they pay the city $446,500 a
         year, ends after next season.  While Vander Weide said that
         the team "intends to honor" the agreement and "exercise an
         additional five-year rental option," he "would not commit"
         the Magic to the eight-year old facility "beyond" the 2004
         season.  While Vander Wiede "would not discuss who might
         pay," for a new arena, Tracy wrote that Orlando and Orange
         County officials have been "adamant in saying they will not
         spend tax dollars" on such a project.  The arena still has a
         debt of "about" $40M, which will not be paid off fully until
         2019.  The team released a study showing that renovation
         "would not bring in extra cash" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/8).
    
    

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  • TWINS SUPPORTERS LAUNCH FINAL STADIUM BLITZ BEFORE SESSION

              MN Gov. Arne Carlson said Friday that he believed
         sentiment in the Legislature "is starting to turn toward
         approval of state spending" on a new ballpark for the Twins,
         according to Patrick Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. 
         Carlson: "I think we're in pretty good shape in the Senate. 
         I still think it's touch-and-go in the House."  On Thursday,
         legislators will return to a special session to consider a
         complex ballpark proposal that calls for Twins Owner Carl
         Pohlad to donate the team to a foundation and to guarantee
         any operating losses the team might incur during the 3-5 
         years the foundation would hold it while looking for a new
         owner (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/8).  State Rep. Ron
         Erhardt: "The calls tend to be a little more positive"
         (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/8).  Today, the Twins will
         send team Exec VP Kirby Puckett, former P Bert Blyleven and
         team President Jerry Bell around the state to lobby for a
         new ballpark (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/9).
              NOTES: Ads supporting the Twins began appearing on
         billboards and city buses over the weekend.  The copy read:
         "Publicity Fades.  Debates End.   Baseball is Forever.  Call
         Your Legislator.  Keep the Twins in Minnesota" (STAR
         TRIBUNE, 11/8)....A STAR TRIBUNE editorial on Pohlad's
         "community ownership" proposal for the Twins: "That doesn't
         make the stadium plan perfect.  But it ought to make the
         plan passable. ... If not, then prepare to kiss the Twins
         goodbye" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/9).   
              
    

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