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  • BABY STEPS: TWO MAJOR AGREEMENTS HAVE HOUSTON PARK CLOSE

              The Harris County Houston Authority took "two major
         steps" Wednesday toward ensuring that the cost of a new
         downtown ballpark will not exceed $250M, according to John
         Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE.  The authority
         "unanimously approved" a contract for "up to" $17.85M with
         K.C-based architects HOK and others to design the
         retractable roof stadium.  The authority also unanimously
         approved a "tentative" deal with Houston-based Brown & Root
         to build the park for "no more than" $229.5M, with the firm
         and the authority to "share any savings equally."  Brown &
         Root will get a "guaranteed" $7.5M to manage construction of
         the facility and, "in return, will guarantee any cost
         overruns."  A final contract with Brown & Root is "likely to
         be approved" by December 15 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 12/4).
    
    

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  • DALLAS ARENA GETS MORE FUNDING, BUT ARE COSTS "MUSHROOMING"?

              The city of Dallas has agreed to "kick in an extra"
         $20M for "road and sewer projects" around the proposed new
         arena for the Mavericks and Stars, prompting complaints that
         "subsidies are mushrooming," according to Todd Gillman of
         the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  A 44-page master agreement, which
         calls for a 20,500-seat facility with 2,500 club seats and
         120 luxury boxes, was presented to the City Council.  It
         includes a provision that $10M of the facility's $230M price
         tag go back to the team owners as "fees for managing and
         financing the deal."  Gillman writes that "critics" say the
         "growing costs, payments to team owners and lack of
         guaranteed development around the arena" make the deal
         "unacceptable."  But Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said, "Our costs
         on the arena are $125 million, and they're not going to go a
         penny higher" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/4).  In Ft. Worth,
         Mede Nix reports that Mavs Owner Ross Perot Jr.'s Hillwood
         Development Corp. will be paid $8.4M as "developer" of the
         project, while Stars Owner Tom Hicks' firm Hicks Muse Tate &
         Furst will be paid $1.58M as a "financial fee" (Mede Nix,
         FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/4).
    
    

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  • GIANT STEPS TAKEN IN MINORITY HIRING IN SAN FRANCISCO

              On the eve of groundbreaking for their new Pac Bell
         Ballpark, the MLB Giants announced a minority hiring and job
         program yesterday which includes a proposal to pay
         "apprenticeship costs for disadvantaged young people who go
         into construction trades," according to Ramon McLeod of the
         S.F. CHRONICLE.  Giants VP Larry Baer also said that the
         team is setting aside 20% of the project work for minority-
         owned businesses and 10% for female-owned businesses.  The
         ballpark project is expected to create "more than" 2,500
         construction jobs.  Under the minority hiring plan, the club
         will pay for the "apprenticeship costs of 100 poor people
         who will enter job training programs" aimed at getting them
         jobs on the ballpark project (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/4).
    
    

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  • WIZARDS' YELLOW BRICK ROAD IS CROWDED, BUT EASY TO GET TO

              The day after the MCI Center officially opened,
         officials met "to see what needed adjusting," according to
         Montgomery & Heath of the WASHINGTON POST.  Traffic inside
         the building was at the "top of the list," after "choke
         points" developed at various spots in the arena, and some
         fans reached "places they weren't supposed to, such as the
         carpeted club level.  As for outside traffic, "[h]eavy use"
         of Metro made "getting to and from the arena easy."  The
         10,200 people who reportedly took the Metro was a "near
         bull's-eye" on city Metro and Washington Sports Chair Abe
         Pollin's target figure (WASHINGTON POST, 12/4).  Pollin
         appeared on NBC's "Today" with Willard Scott, with Scott
         giving Pollin a kiss on the cheek for his birthday, which
         was yesterday.  Scott, on the MCI Center: "It is not just
         beautiful, it's a tourist attraction" (NBC, 12/4).
    
    

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