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WITH PLAN A VOTED DOWN, PITTSBURGH OFFICIALS OFFER PLAN B

          Allegheny County and Pittsburgh city leaders yesterday
     proposed an $803M plan to finance new stadiums for the
     Pirates and Steelers along with expansion of the city's
     convention center, according to Rich Lord of the Pittsburgh
     TRIBUNE-REVIEW.  The so-called "Plan B" would have
     "taxpayers bearing more than" 75% of the cost.  While both
     teams have offered $85M toward facility financing, "city and
     county leaders have made it clear that the $85 million was
     not enough."  Allegheny County Commissioner Bob Cranmer said
     that "the team contributions must increase if the package is
     to work" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/10). 
          DETAILS: The package, announced by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom
     Murphy, would include $633M in public funds, "relying on
     such traditional methods as tax revenue and bond income." 
     It would also tax pro athletes who play in the city but
     don't live in PA.  Private financing would bring in "at
     least" $170M, including the team's contributions and the 
     possible selling of portions of the stadiums -- such as
     billboards/scoreboards -- to private investors.  The selling
     of naming rights could also be included.  Cranmer: "There's
     been a lot of talk about naming the new football stadium
     after Mr. Art Rooney.  If that's the case, that's going to
     cost (the Rooney family) money."   The Steelers said part of
     their contribution would include PSL sales, while the
     Pirates "would not say how they intend to finance their
     contribution" (TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/10).  Pirates Owner Kevin
     McClatchy: "[T]his is a historic day for Pittsburgh and the
     region.  We're excited about signing a lease for 25 or 30
     years and being a member of the Pittsburgh community for a
     long time" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/10). 

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