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WHAT'S ALL THE QUACK ABOUT? PENGUINS DEFEND NAMING DEAL

          The Penguins "apologized Monday for shutting public
     officials out of negotiations" to sell the Civic Arena
     naming rights to MD-based Allegheny Energy, but team
     officials "said that doesn't mean the deal is off,"
     according to Michael Coleman of the Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-
     REVIEW.  Penguins President Donn Patton said "he hopes to
     convince public officials" that the team's six-year, $5M
     deal to rename the Civic Arena the Allegheny Energy Dome "is
     good for the public."  Coleman: "Patton faces a tough sell. 
     The city-county Public Auditorium Authority, which owns the
     arena, unanimously approved a resolution yesterday
     authorizing its attorney to 'take all action necessary' to
     halt the agreement.  The resolution also said the public
     must be included in any future discussions about renaming
     the arena."  Councilmember Dan Cohen "questioned the
     relatively short term and low price of the deal," and said
     that the naming rights "could have been sold to the highest
     bidder."  An Allegheny Energy spokesperson said that the
     company "is still interested in a naming rights deal" at the
     Civic Arena, "regardless of how the current controversy
     plays out" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/25). 

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