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  • CARROLL PROPERTIES PURCHASES LOUISVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

              Carroll Properties, Inc. has purchased Louisville Motor
         Speedway (LMS) from Kenny Stilger and Andy Vertrees. 
         Carroll Properties Chair Jerry Carroll will retain Vertrees
         as LMS' promoter and GM, and will spend $400,000 for a new
         racing surface (Carroll Properties).  In Cincinnati, Terry
         Flynn reported that Carroll and his four business partners
         expect to spend $100M on the 60,000-seat superspeedway.  The
         partners "don't yet have a single commitment for a race date
         from any major sanctioning body," but Carroll said is
         confident the facility "will attract the big races." 
         Carroll's plans "call for an expansion to 180,000 seats by
         2002."   Carroll's partners include Richard Duchossois,
         owner of Arlington Park race track; John Lindahl, a partner
         in Turfway Park; Bruce Lunsford and Chris Sullivan, founder
         of Outback Steakhouse and general partner of the MLB Devil
         Rays (Terry Flynn, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/9).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTE

              In S.F., Matier & Ross write that the investigation
         into "irregularities" in the 49ers stadium campaign last
         June "is winding up," and that there is "little or no
         evidence of ghost voting or any conspiracy by the stadium
         campaign to steal the election" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/12).
    
    

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  • POLL SHOWS DALLAS ARENA SLIGHTLY AHEAD BEFORE SATURDAY VOTE

              A Dallas Morning News poll shows that "voters are
         poised to approve" a $230M arena project, according to
         Gillman & Lee of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Of those
         surveyed, 54% will vote for the deal, 40% will oppose it and
         6% are undecided.  The poll, which surveyed 508 Dallas
         residents last week, has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%. 
         Voters will decide Saturday whether to approve higher motel
         and car rental taxes for the city's $125M share of the arena
         deal.  The survey found "virtually identical responses among
         men and women and support among all age groups.  But there
         were significant gaps" among older and younger voters: 70%
         of voters 18-35 years old said they support the arena,
         compared with 42% of those 55 and older; 55% of those 35-54
         years old favor the arena deal (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/10). 
              PEROT AND HICKS CONTRIBUTE: A report filed Friday
         revealed that the pro-arena Yes! for Dallas campaign has
         raised more than $1.9M, including more than $1.6M from
         owners of the Stars and Mavericks.  Mavs Owner Ross Perot
         Jr. has donated $815,250 toward the campaign, while the
         Stars have contributed $807,250.  The anti-arena group
         raised $39,557 during the first reporting period and $36,665
         in the second (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/10).
              GOTV EFFORT: In Dallas, Mavs players staged their first
         campaign appearance for the arena at an area mall on
         Saturday.  At least 400 people attended (STAR-TELEGRAM,
         1/11)....NBA Commissioner David Stern is scheduled to hold a
         news conference today in support of the new arena from its
         proposed site (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/10).
    
    

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  • REDS STILL REMAIN CAUTIOUS ON A CINERGY REMAKE

              Reds Managing CEO John Allen said the team "won't enter
         into an agreement for transformation" of Cinergy Field
         "until architects and engineers assure the club a 1970s bowl
         configuration can be turned into a 21st-century moneymaker,"
         according to Hobson & May of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.  MLB
         is also "skeptical" of Hamilton County, OH, Commissioner Bob
         Bedinghaus' prediction that a Cinergy Field renovation could
         be on the "cutting edge of a new wave of designs in the
         style of Anaheim Stadium's $100 million renovation."  An MLB
         source: "It's a reversal of the successful trends that have
         been in the game recently.  Anaheim has a baseball
         footprint.  Cinergy is more of a football print."  MLB must
         approve any stadium deal.  Allen said that the team "runs
         the risk of not drawing enough fans" with a transformation,
         as opposed to a new park (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/9).  
    
    

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