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  • EX MARKS THE SPOT: COUNCIL APPROVES LEAFS ARENA PLAN

              The Maple Leafs' proposal for a new arena at Exhibition
         Place won approval from the Metropolitan Toronto Council
         yesterday "with ease," according to David Shoalts of the
         Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  But the approval "doesn't mean the
         Leafs have committed themselves" to the $250M project, as it
         now moves into an 80-day due diligence period during which
         both the team and the council "will consider various
         questions."  On February 28, the Leafs will have to decide
         "whether to commit" financially to the site.  Leafs Chair
         Steve Stavro said that he will not use the due diligence
         period to force the Raptors and Owner Allan Slaight into an
         arena partnership (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 12/11).  
              EMPTY GARDEN: Stavro added that Maple Leaf Gardens
         "definitely will not" be torn down.  Stavro: "We're looking
         to preserve [MLG] as it was built and rent it out for
         different sports and charities" (TORONTO STAR, 12/11).
    
    

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  • GIANTS SET TO BREAK GROUND ON PRIVATELY FUNDED PAC BELL PARK

              Groundbreaking ceremonies for the MLB Giants' new Pac
         Bell Park are scheduled for today at 12:00pm PT and in S.F.,
         Gerald Adams reports that Giants stars "past and present,"
         including Willie Mays, Dusty Baker and Barry Bonds will
         attend the ceremony for the $262M park.  In addition, those
         who have already bought PSLs park have been invited to a
         reception before the groundbreaking (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/11).
              CAN'T BE TOO CAREFUL: In S.F., Eric Brazil reported
         that Giants ownership is buying insurance for $5-6M "against
         virtually every imaginable construction risk" that could
         delay Pac Bell's scheduled 2000 opening.  In addition to
         losses from natural disasters and labor strife, the policy
         also covers "dumb mistakes," such "as architectural design
         and engineering blunders" (S.F. EXAMINER, 12/10).
    
    

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  • STAUBACH, JOHNSON AMONG MAVS' WINGMEN IN ARENA CAMPAIGN

              The Dallas City Council voted 12-2 to send the $230M
         downtown arena plan "to the voters" on January 17, according
         to Todd Gillman of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  The deal calls
         for the city to put up $125M towards the facility, while the
         Mavericks and Stars will pay $105M "and cover cost
         overruns."  Also, in a "change from the deal signed two
         months ago," both teams "agreed to share any savings with
         the city" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/11).
              MEDIA BLITZ: Arena boosters, touting the arena in
         newspaper ads, a new one-minute radio spot, and a full-color
         brochure mailed to 65,000 Dallas homes, are saying the arena
         deal "will reduce homeowners' tax burden" and strengthen the
         local economy.  The pro-arena radio spot features Roger
         Staubach, while the brochure lists "dozens of prominent
         supporters," including Staubach, Rolando Blackman, Nancy
         Lieberman-Cline and Michael Johnson.  Critics, however,
         contend that promised development around the arena "is not
         guaranteed," and note that the deal calls for the first
         $7.3M in new tax revenue generated to be used to "repay the
         teams for street improvements" (MORNING NEWS, 12/11).
    
    

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