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  • CASTROL RETURNS TO NHRA SPONSORSHIP AFTER NINE YEARS AWAY

              The Texas Motorplex and the NHRA announced that Castrol
         Motor Oil and HiLO/O'Reilly Auto Part Stores would take over
         title rights sponsorship of the Spring Winston Drag Racing
         Series event.  The 2nd Annual NHRA Castrol Lone Star
         Nationals presented by HiLO/O'Reilly Auto Parts will take
         place April 30-May 3 (Texas Motorplex).  Last year's
         inaugural race drew 101,117 fans.  Motorplex Owner Billy
         Meyer declined to discuss the dollar value of the new
         sponsorship package (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/10).  The
         deal marks the first time since '89 that Castrol has been a
         major sponsor of an NHRA race (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/10). 
         
    

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  • CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES LEASE CHANGES FOR HORNETS

              The Charlotte City Council voted 10-1 on Monday to
         extend the Hornets' lease at the Coliseum for "at least
         another year" through 2004, according to Dan Chapman of the
         CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.  The deal gives the team the right to
         sell the Coliseum's name and has them taking "greater
         control" of the building's marketing.   The City Council
         will still have the "final say" on any name change to the
         building.  The new deal also "calls for a decision" by 2000
         whether taxpayer dollars "would be used to help build a new
         arena," and establishes a 15-member citizens' committee to
         lead the process on a new arena (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/14).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              Plans for a $113M sports complex in El Paso, TX, "are
         in the works" as the city "attempts to lure the Cowboys'
         training camp" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/10)....MLS
         Commissioner Doug Logan, on the MetroStars playing at Giants
         Stadium: "For the next two years we will be in Giants
         Stadium and make the best of our existence.  We need to find
         a long-term solution that includes a grass playing field. 
         Are we actively involved in a search for that place?  The
         answer is yes" (Bergen RECORD, 4/10)....The city of Denver
         "plans to hire" PA-based Spectacor Management Group to
         manage Mile High Stadium.  City officials did not disclose
         the full terms of the contract, which will include a base
         fee and a percentage of revenues (DENVER POST, 4/14).
    
    

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  • WHEN THE WALLS COME CRUMBLING DOWN: YANKEE STADIUM CLOSED

              A 500-pound "chunk of steel" fell from the upper deck
         of Yankee Stadium into the empty stands yesterday just hours
         before a scheduled Angels-Yankees game, postponing the game
         and "raising questions about the future of the 75-year-old
         park," according to Sherman, Robbins, et al. of the N.Y.
         POST.  New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that the
         ballpark will be closed until Friday for inspections and
         repairs.  Officials "hope to reopen" the stadium for
         Friday's series opener against the Tigers (N.Y. POST, 4/14). 
              WHAT NOW? The Yankees will play the Angels tomorrow at
         1:00pm ET at Shea Stadium, with the Mets scheduled to host
         the Cubs at 7:40pm ET.  If Yankee Stadium is found "unsafe"
         after a closer examination, Giuliani said the Yankees'
         three-game series with the Tigers would also be played at
         Shea, while the Mets are on the road (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
         4/14).  Late last night, Yankees General Counsel Lonn Trost
         said "there was a chance" that Wednesday's game could be
         played at Yankee Stadium (NEWSDAY, 4/14).  Yankees Owner
         George Steinbrenner, reached by phone in Tampa, FL, last
         night, said, "We'll overcome this one, but we've got to be
         sure it doesn't happen again.  If that means a new stadium,
         we'll have to see."  In N.Y., Murray Chass writes that the
         incident could "prompt the Mayor to renew his offer of a
         Manhattan address for the Yankees."  More Chass: "If
         Steinbrenner has been reluctant to bid adieu to the Bronx,
         even though he has bad-mouthed it more times than any other
         individual, now he has a reasonable excuse to ask out" (N.Y.
         TIMES, 4/14).  Giuliani said that the incident gives
         Steinbrenner "a more dramatic argument that the Yankees need
         a new stadium" ("CBS This Morning," 4/14).  In N.Y., John
         Harper: "This was a bargaining chip from heaven, a potential
         tragedy to be pocketed and exploited" (DAILY NEWS, 4/14).  
    
    

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