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  • CITY COUNCIL WANTS NFL, BROWNS OWNER TO PAY FOR OVERRUNS

              Cleveland City Council members say that the NFL and the
         new owner the Browns "should pay for stadium overruns" now
         estimated at $13-23M, according to Alison Grant of the
         Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER.  Council members, in a resolution
         Monday night, "urged" Cleveland Mayor Michael White to
         negotiate with the league and the Browns' future owner and
         "to take responsibility for costs that exceed" $248M, the
         final price at which White pegged the project last year. 
         The resolution sponsored by 14 city council members "is an
         appeal, but the league and new owner are under no mandate to
         abide by it."  White's press secretary said the mayor would
         take the matter "under advisement."  NFL VP/Communications
         Greg Aiello: "[W]e have been actively working with the city
         to manage stadium costs efficiently.  We are confident this
         issue, and all others, will be resolved fairly at the proper
         time and in the proper form" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 4/22).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              Red Sox Exec VP John Buckley said the club "was not
         ready to present a specific plan" for a new stadium yet. 
         Characterizing the project as a "public-private
         partnership," Buckley said, "We've got to have a financing
         plan that makes sense.  We don't have that."  He also said
         that before any plan could be unveiled, the team "wanted to
         do more groundwork with fans and neighbors" (BOSTON GLOBE,
         4/23)....CO Gov. Roy Romer approved a plan to use public
         money for a new Broncos stadium, "clearing the way for a
         November election" to decide the "fate" of the project. 
         Romer: "I strongly believe the people of the metro area
         should have the opportunity to vote on this issue" (DENVER
         POST, 4/23)....The Winston-Salem, NC, board of aldermen "has
         decided not to take a position on a proposal to use
         taxpayers' money" to build a $210M MLB stadium in the Triad
         area (AP/Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 4/22)....ARC Int'l Corp.
         broke ground on a hockey and figure skating facility in
         Chesapeake, VA.  The 80,000-square-foot project, which
         features two NHL regulation-sized rinks, a sports-themed
         diner and pro shop is scheduled to open in the Fall (ARC).
    
    

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  • TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONSTRUCTION BEGINS; WHEN WILL IT END?

              Construction on the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) began
         Tuesday, but TMS officials said they "still haven't
         finalized a plan" for the track's "major overhaul," reports 
         Holly Cain in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  TMS GM Eddie
         Gossage: "We haven't decided what we're going to do yet, but
         the things being done now with the bulldozers and milling
         machines would have to be done anyway."  The next scheduled
         event at TMS is a June 5-6 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and
         IRL "doubleheader."  Gossage said that TMS engineers are
         "still consulting" with NASCAR, NASCAR drivers, as well as
         the IRL in "finding a solution that pleases as many
         interests as possible" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/23).  
              PREMATURE MOVE? NASCAR officials "were taken aback" by
         a Tuesday report that South Boston Speedway (SBS) "planned
         to move its NASCAR Busch Series race in the year 2000 to a
         proposed track in the Washington DC/Baltimore area,"
         according to Bob Zeller of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. 
         SBS Owner Mason Day: "In order to see my event grow and stay
         competitive in the industry, relocating this event is
         inevitable."  NASCAR President Bill France: "NASCAR has no
         precedent of track owners arbitrarily relocating races.  Nor
         have we agreed to any changes two years in advance."  Zeller
         notes that track owners "don't own" NASCAR race dates, and
         adds that with the exception of the CA Speedway, NASCAR
         "does not commit to events at speedways that have not been
         built yet."  NASCAR spokesperson Tim Sullivan, on Day's
         comments: "In our eyes, it's a little premature to make
         those comments when we don't know what the 1999 schedule
         looks like yet" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 4/22).
    
    

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  • THE BRONX BOOTERS? MLS INTERESTED IN YANKEE STADIUM

              MLS officials say they're "extremely interested in
         operating a franchise within the five boroughs to join the
         MetroStars," according to Seifman & Hardt of the N.Y. POST. 
         MLS Commissioner Doug Logan said the league has "always" had
         plans to bring a second team to N.Y., but that league
         officials have "been kind of scratching our heads, wondering
         where we could go."  NYC officials "have a ready answer" --
         Yankee Stadium, if the Yankees move out, "could play host"
         to an MLS team.  NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani: "If we could
         find a suitable site, we could have a soccer franchise now. 
         It's a sport that draws 20,000 to 22,000 people per game." 
         A spokesperson for Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer
         said that an MLS team is "an idea worth considering" if it
         plays "when the Yankees aren't in town" (N.Y. POST, 4/23).
              NEW OLD STUDY: A '96 study of the economic impact of a
         Manhattan stadium for the Yankees projected that it would
         generate $102.5M per year for NYC, "far less" than the $1B
         projected by city officials in a new report.  Smith College
         Professor Andrew Zimbalist, on the studies: "There has not
         been an independent study by an economist for any stadium
         built over the last 30 years that suggests you can
         anticipate a positive economic impact.  One has to take
         these claims with a grain of salt" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/23).
              YANKEE DOODLES: More reax from Mayor Giuliani's
         corporate tax plan to fund stadiums for the Yankees and Mets
         appeared in today's N.Y. dailies.  Bob Herbert of the TIMES:
         "If the new stadiums are such gold mines, then why aren't
         private investors rushing to finance their construction? 
         The answer is that private interests can make a lot of money
         from the stadiums as long as they don't have to pay to build
         them.  The real gold mine is the city treasury, and Mr.
         Giuliani has graciously invited [Yankees Owner, George]
         Steinbrenner and [Mets Owner, Fred] Wilpon to come in and
         stake their claims" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/23) ....The DAILY NEWS'
         Jim Dwyer writes that the Yankees and Mets "are not
         struggling businesses that need government handouts to
         survive" (DAILY NEWS, 4/23)....NYC Council Speaker Peter
         Vallone wrote in today's DAILY NEWS under the header "New
         Stadium?  Ask Taxpayers First."  Vallone: "I, like many
         others in our city, personally oppose the Yankees moving
         from the Bronx to Manhattan, but if New York's taxpayers
         want it, I will agree to it" (DAILY NEWS, 4/23).
    
    

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