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  • DALLAS POLICE GROUP BACKS ARENA; OPPONENTS CRY FOUL

              The Dallas Police Association (DPA) "urged voters
         Thursday to back Dallas' proposed sports arena, saying the
         facility will generate tax dollars to help the city pay for
         a better police force," according to Robert Ingrassia of the
         DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  But foes of the arena plan called the
         endorsement political "blackmail," noting that it came a day
         after Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk backed "one of the police
         group's top priorities: the construction of a new police
         headquarters building" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/9).
              JUST AN OVERSIGHT? In Dallas, Todd Gillman reports that
         a pro-arena group, Yes! For Dallas, "touts endorsements from
         all six living ex-mayors of Dallas," but in reality there
         are seven.  Wallace Savage, age 85, who was Mayor from '49-
         51, "expressed reservations about the deal" and said the
         arena group never contacted him.  Yes! Treasurer John
         Carona: "With all due respect to Mr. Savage, I was unaware
         that he was still living" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/9).
              GOTV: Before next week's arena vote, Mavs players,
         coaches, dancers and the Mavs Man will sign autographs for
         an hour tomorrow at an area mall.  Team partner Michael
         Johnson will also attend (STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/9).
    
    

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  • WILLIAMS TO GIVE SUPER BOWL FANS AN INTERACTIVE CHOICE

              Tulsa, OK-based Williams will unveil ChoiceSeat, an
         interactive, in-stadium sports entertainment network, at
         Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego.  About 600 ChoiceSeat units
         will be installed at Qualcomm Stadium in individual seats,
         club lounges, media areas and suites.  Fans can view live
         action from individual cameras in the stadium and on the
         field, watch replays from multiple angles and pull up
         statistics and other info.  They can also select other video
         on-demand, play games and order merchandise (Williams).  AD
         AGE reports that Williams is "currently in discussions with
         potential sponsors and advertisers as well as other team and
         stadium owners" on the ChoiceSeat plan (AD AGE, 1/9).
    
    

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