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              Penske Motorsports said Wednesday that the NC Business
         Court in Charlotte ruled in its favor and dismissed a
         lawsuit by Speedway Motorsports Chair Bruton Smith.  Smith
         filed the suit against Penske, NC Motor Speedway (NCMS) and
         the directors of the Rockingham, NC, track, challenging the
         proposed merger of Penske and NCMS (Mult., 11/6)....With the
         MA House close to approving a convention center bill for
         Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino said, "Now that the convention
         center is on the one-inch line, I hope in the very near
         future we will be able to work with the Red Sox on their
         commitment to Boston" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/7)....The 81 suites
         at the new Tiger Stadium will cost between $90,000-125,000
         per year to lease, "a deal compared with prices at some
         other new baseball parks."  Tigers VP/Business Ops David
         Glazier: "We tried to be realistic.  This is the only market
         in the country where all four teams have their own buildings
         (and suites)" (DETROIT NEWS, 11/5).

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              Modell's Sporting Goods will open a 2,500-square-foot
         store at the MCI Center when the arena opens December 2. 
         The store will feature an information kiosk, satellite feeds
         of sporting events, and a "visitor's locker room section,"
         which will feature merchandise of the Wizards' or Capitals'
         opponent each night (Modell's Sporting Goods).
              MORE ON MCI: In DC, Pat Lopes examines other businesses
         at the MCI Center.  The Velocity Grill is a 500-seat,
         20,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, with an 800-square-
         foot glass floor over the Wizards' practice courts.  MCI
         will also open its first store in a sports arena.  The
         "other major retail tenant" is the Discovery Channel Store,
         which is slated to open February 14 (WASHINGTON BUSINESS
         JOURNAL, 10/31 issue)....Abe Pollin is interviewed by Ken
         Adelman in WASHINGTONIAN magazine.  Pollin, on Washington as
         a sports city: "I find it maddening to see guys who have
         lived here 20 years rooting for their former home teams"
         (WASHINGTONIAN, 11/97 issue)....After Pollin's teams move to
         the MCI Center in December, the MD-based Cordish Co. will
         "begin converting" US Airways Arena into an amateur sports
         facility "ringed by movie theaters, restaurants and
         entertainment-oriented stores," according to Maryann
         Haggerty of the WASHINGTON POST.  Cordish President David
         Cordish said that construction is scheduled to begin in
         December or January, and the first phases of the project
         "should be open" by late 1998.  Cordish's firm is will
         partner with Pollin on the project.  Pollin owns the arena
         and leases the surrounding land (WASHINGTON POST, 11/7).

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