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Devils Owner John McMullen will hold a press conference today at Hoboken City Hall where he is expected to announced his "grand plan to move the Devils to a new arena," according to Jon Gelberg of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. According to sources, McMullen's conference will include architectural plans for a new arena, a "map of a reconfigured Hoboken, one with a new train station, new roads and new parking facilities," and an economic feasibility study. McMullen will claim that the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority "has not lived up to its obligations under the team's current lease," set to end after the 2006-2007 season. He also "believes" the NJSEA has had "secret discussions" with Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner about moving the Yankees (STAR-LEDGER, 12/19).
Washington Mutual Inc. is changing the names of its banks, including Great Western branches in CA, to Washington Mutual. California Sports spokesperson Bob Steiner, on whether the change will affect The Great Western Forum, home to the Lakers and NHL Kings: "We don't know what would happen" (USA TODAY, 12/19)....The Miami-Dade Commission have approved Morse Diesel Int'l and Odebrecht Contractors of FL as the contractor for the new downtown arena. The Heat agreed to cap the contract at $157M (MIAMI HERALD, 12/18).