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              A Ohio Poll, sponsored by the Cincinnati Enquirer and
         the Univ. of Cincinnati, shows that 68% of Ohioans said pro
         sports teams are not important enough to spend tax money on
         stadiums and coliseums for the teams; 31% said sports teams
         are important enough and 1% didn't know.  A sample of 839 OH
         adults were interviewed from January 20-February 3.  The
         poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.4% (ENQUIRER, 3/1).
              OTHER NOTES: In Denver, columnist Bob Kravitz writes
         that the Broncos' deal, as currently presented, "leaves me
         feeling like there is a better, fairer deal out there that
         puts more of the economic burden on private interests and
         the folks who actually use the stadium."  He calls on the CO
         House to examine the deal passed by the Senate more closely
         (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 3/2)....49ers co-Owner Denise
         DeBartolo York "effectively shut down" DeBartolo
         Entertainment (DBE), the company her brother, Eddie, had
         said would develop the team's stadium complex.  DBE
         reportedly let go "about a dozen of its 15 employees" in a
         "move that would indicate" that DeBartolo York is in control
         of the stadium project (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/1). 

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              The Oakland Coliseum Authority is facing $10M in
         "unexpected bills for the makeover of the newly reopened
         basketball arena -- yet another burden for the financially
         troubled public agency," according to Renee Koury of the SAN
         JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  If the Authority winds up paying the
         extra building costs, "it could require another infusion of
         public funds on top of the millions of taxpayer dollars
         already going toward the Raiders deal and possibly millions
         more to subsidize the Warriors deal."  The Coliseum,
         however, "so far has refused to pay" the extra building
         costs demanded over the past month by the general
         contractor, CA-based Tutor-Saliba Corp.  Tutor has billed
         the Authority for $9.8M in work it contends was "outside the
         scope of its contract," but public officials contend that
         "most of the work was required" under the $73M set-price
         contract.  While "conceding some cost overruns," Authority
         Project Manager Matt Vail said he would "deny responsibility
         for the bulk of the" $9.8M in bills from Tutor the
         contractor claims was extra (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/1).  
              STALEMATE: Koury also reported that the Authority is
         withholding about $7M that it owes Tutor, "claiming that
         some of the arena construction work was done poorly or left
         unfinished" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/1).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders

              PepsiCo has become the exclusive sponsor and pouring
         rights provider at Shea Stadium.  PepsiCo will advertise its
         beverage products, including soft drinks, iced teas, sports
         drinks and juice drinks, in the stadium and throughout the
         concourse areas.  As part of the deal, the 600-seat picnic
         area in left field is being designated the "Pepsi Pavilion." 
         The deal also includes three, 15-second spots on Diamond
         Vision during each regular season game and PepsiCo's All
         Sport Body Quencher logo displayed on coolers, plastic
         bottles and cups in the Mets dugout and bullpen.  PepsiCo
         also has pouring rights to the Cubs, Mariners, Indians,
         Royals, Devil Rays and Diamondbacks (Pepsi).  PepsiCo takes
         over pouring rights from Coca-Cola and NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay
         puts the three-year deal at $2-5M per year (NEWSDAY, 3/1).

    Print | Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Coca-Cola, Facilities, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, PepsiCo, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays

              First Union Corp. shareholders approved the pending
         $16.6B purchase of CoreStates Financial Corp.  First Union
         said that 97% of the votes cast by its shareholders were in
         favor of the transaction, which should be completed in April
         (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/2).  First Union spokesperson Sandy
         Deem said that no final decision had been made on changing
         the name of Philadelphia's CoreStates Center, according to
         Tim Panaccio of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.  One option being
         bandied about is the FUN Center.  Panaccio: "Deem says the
         company hasn't ruled out First Union Center as a name,
         despite the double entendre that could accompany the name." 
         CoreStates Complex CEO Peter Luukko confirmed talks with
         First Union on an arena name: "We explored the possibility
         of having First Union give up the name to Comcast.  But
         First Union said they wanted to retain successor rights to
         the arena's name" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/2). 

    Print | Tags: Comcast-Spectacor, Facilities
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