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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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