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              The Reds have yet to decide whether they'll back a new
         ballpark or renovated Cinergy Field.  Hamilton County [OH]
         Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus: "It's up in the air."  Reds
         Managing Exec John Allen: "Both are still on the table"
         (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/26)....In S.F., Matier & Ross report
         that 49ers co-Owner Denise DeBartolo York "ordered" the
         stadium planning operation for the "stalled 49ers stadium
         deal" to move out of offices at DeBartolo Entertainment, in
         what Matier & Ross call "another move to distance the
         stadium from Eddie's gaming company" (S.F. CHRONICLE,
         2/27)....Denver Mayor Wellington Webb "came out strongly
         against" adding a retractable roof to the proposed new
         Broncos stadium (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/27)....CORRECTION:
         Yesterday's DAILY misidentified the site of a new auto
         racing track being developed by Int'l Speedway Corp.  It is
         being planned for Kansas City, KS (THE DAILY).

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              The MA Senate "overwhelmingly passed" a Patriots
         stadium bill yesterday that includes a funding measure that
         would impose an income tax on visiting team athletes playing
         in Foxboro, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. 
         After the Senate voted 36-1 for the legislation, House
         Speaker Thomas Finneran said he was "curious" about the
         income tax idea.  Acting Gov. Paul Cellucci said that he
         "opposes the tax on the players."  A conference committee
         comprised of House and Senate members could be assembled as
         early as Monday, to "work out differences between the bill
         passed yesterday and the House version passed last fall." 
         The Senate version calls for a new $200M stadium, while the
         House version calls for a $50M remodeling of Foxboro
         Stadium.  Patriots VP Jonathan Kraft said he "was relieved"
         the stadium bill is "making progress" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/27). 

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              The city of St. Paul was dealt a "stunning, though not
         unexpected, blow" yesterday when a Senate committee
         recommended that no money be spent on the city's hockey
         arena, according to Maria Douglas Reeve of the ST. PAUL
         PIONEER PRESS.  The move means that a bill containing
         capital improvement projects for the state will go to the
         Senate next week minus $65M for improvements to the St. Paul
         RiverCentre.  The decision had been "foreshadowed for
         months" as the Legislature debated financing a new baseball
         stadium for the Twins (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/27).  In
         Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that "the word in St. Paul"
         is that Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe "and many members
         of the Legislature are firm on their stance: If a [baseball]
         stadium isn't going to be built, then St. Paul shouldn't be
         given" $65M for a hockey arena (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27).  Also
         in MN, Robert Whereatt reports "any hope of resuscitating
         support for a baseball stadium was dashed" yesterday after a
         bill that "would have established a framework for
         transferring the Twins to a nonprofit community organization
         was defeated on a 12-4 vote" (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27).

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