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Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said that he and Allegheny County commissioners will present their "Plan B" for financing new stadiums for the Steelers and Pirates late this month or in early February. The Urban Redevelopment Authority is already planning to acquire land for the new stadiums (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/5)....The Univ. of MD is close to completing negotiations with the MD Stadium Authority to play an October 31 home game next football season at the Ravens' new stadium. The school would get approximately $800,000 before expenses (Baltimore SUN, 1/6).
MN State Senator Roy Terwilliger said he expects to announce a new Twins stadium finance package next week which "would limit the stadium's cost to" $250M, include a community ownership component and rely on user fees, according to Weiner & Whereatt of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Weiner & Whereatt also report that MN's Attorney General's office has begun examining the legal means to keep the Twins in the state. Lawyers in the office reportedly have been "contacting attorneys general in other states to brainstorm on possible actions to take against baseball's federal antitrust exemption" (STAR TRIBUNE, 1/6).