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  • BENGALS' BROWN GIVES CINCY JANUARY 31 STADIUM DEADLINE

              Bengals Owner Mike Brown "has given Cincinnati one
         month to resolve what he calls a 'crisis' over a new
         football stadium or the team could leave the city,"
         according to Rick Van Sant of the CINCINNATI POST.  Brown
         said the stadium "won't be built if city of Cincinnati land
         for the site isn't transferred" to Hamilton County by
         January 31.  Brown: "We are in a crisis.  We want to make
         sure people understand we are at a critical point and what
         will happen if we let it slide by" (CINCINNATI POST, 12/30).
         The ENQUIRER's Geoff Hobson reported that with Cincinnati
         city officials "wondering where the Bengals can get a better
         stadium deal, the team has one answer: Cleveland." Bengals
         Dir of Stadium Development Troy Blackburn, on Cleveland:
         "It's a stronger market.  But notwithstanding, we're trying
         to get the deal in our hometown" (ENQUIRER, 12/31).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              Cleveland Mayor Michael White rejected bids for
         electric work on the new Browns stadium, when they "came in
         $9 million higher than expected."  In Akron, David Adams
         wrote the rejection "is a strong signal of the city's intent
         to hold down costs" (BEACON JOURNAL, 12/25)....In Dallas, a
         new pro-arena TV spot features Southwest Airlines Chair Herb
         Kelleher.  Southwest has contributed $2,500 to the campaign
         for a new arena (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/5)....In Cincinnati,
         the Reds "are focusing on a renovated Cinergy Field instead
         of a new stadium" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/31).
    
    

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  • FLEETCENTER AIMS FOR A COLD BUD FRESH OUT OF THE GARDEN

              With the demolition of the old Boston Garden set to
         begin next month, FleetCenter execs want to move the "cash-
         generating" Budweiser billboard that has been mounted to the
         side of the Garden for decades to their building, according
         to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE.  But, city officials
         "aren't so sure" they like the idea of the 147-x-35-foot
         sign put in front of the FleetCenter's "more modern facade."
    
         Boston Redevelopment Authority spokesperson Kelley Quinn,
         said it "would be interested in going through a design
         review so the sign could be attractively put on." 
         FleetCenter CEO Richard Krezwick "declined to disclose" the
         terms of the signage agreement with A-B, but Cassidy wrote
         that the sign is "estimated to generate about $25,000 a
         month in revenue" (Tina Cassidy, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/3).
    
    

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  • ROSE GARDEN RULING COULD POSE NEW QUESTIONS ON ARENA SEATING

              In a partial ruling on a lawsuit filed by handicapped
         patron Bob Pike against the Rose Garden, U.S. Magistrate
         Donald Ashmanskas ruled that the Americans With Disabilities
         Act (ADA) "did not require elevated seating for wheelchair
         areas" at the Rose Garden, according to Ashbel Green of the
         OREGONIAN.  But Ashmanskas' decision still leaves the arena
         with "several potentially expensive changes," as he ruled
         that wheelchair seats in the Rose Garden are "concentrated
         in less desirable parts of the arena," and ruled that the
         Rose Garden's 70 executive suites "violate" the ADA. 
         Ashmanskas also said "he was troubled by ticket-selling
         practices that prevent people in wheelchairs from buying the
         best seats."  The U.S. Dept. of Justice feels Ashmanskas
         "could expand" the arena design "debate with his handling of
         executive suites and ticket sales, which have far-reaching
         financial implications for arenas" (OREGONIAN 12/29).
    
    

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