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          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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