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RED SOX PONDER STOCK SALE, MAY OFFER A PIECE OF NEW FENWAY

          The Red Sox are "seriously considering" a public stock
     sale that would give buyers a piece of a new Fenway Park
     "but not the team," according to Will McDonough of the
     BOSTON GLOBE.  While the Red Sox "do not want to give up any
     part of the team [they] would jump at an opportunity to sell
     stock in a new park if they felt it would give them a major
     financial boost" (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/11).
          HUB NOTES: The Celtics have sold out 13 consecutive
     games at the FleetCenter, and 19 of their last 21 (THE
     DAILY).  The GLOBE's McDonough added that with the success
     of the Celtics and Bruins this season, FleetCenter President
     Richard Krezwick "is breathing a little easier."  Many of
     the original premium seat-holders have three-year contracts
     which expire August 31, and with both teams struggling last
     year, "renewals didn't look promising."  Now, Krezwick said
     he is expecting 100% "renewals on the suites" (BOSTON GLOBE,
     4/11).  However, hockey writer Kevin Paul DuPont said the
     fact that the B's are averaging about 3,000 below capacity
     at the FleetCenter shows "that the average Boston hockey
     fan, contrary to decades past, won't put up an average of
     $50 to see just a good product" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/11).

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