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              Restauranteurs Larry and Mark Levy, whose company Levy
         Enterprises (LE) "supplies premium concessions" to skyboxes,
         luxury suites and private clubs in sports arenas around the
         country, are profiled by Richard Gibson of the WALL STREET
         JOURNAL.  LE's client list, which includes Wrigley Field,
         Jacobs Field and Arrowhead Stadium, will jump from 14 to 27
         "within the next year," and Gibson writes that the
         "standard" Levy ballpark fare includes "couscous with
         apricots and currants, not Cracker Jack."  LE runs "some of
         the top dining spots in Chicago," in contrast to its two
         biggest arena competitors, Aramark Corp. and Sportservice
         Corp., which are "food-service companies" that also run
         stadium stands.  LE has partnered with Ogden Entertainment,
         which provides stadium stand fare at LE arenas.  Larry Levy
         sees plenty of "growth possibilities" in sports catering,
         including college games (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/30).

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              The Washington, DC, Police Department has paid $800,000
         in overtime to officers handling security and crowd control
         outside the new MCI Center.  In DC, Cheryl Thompson writes
         that an agreement between Mayor Marion Barry and Washington
         Sports Owner Abe Pollin, which "spares" Pollin from having
         to pay for the officers, has "angered some [DC] officials"
         (WASHINGTON POST, 4/30)....Greensboro, NC, Mayor Carolyn
         Allen endorsed the proposed restaurant tax to fund a new
         ballpark.  The vote is in five days (NEWS & RECORD, 4/29).
         ...Five architectural firms have submitted conceptual
         designs for the new Mavs/Stars arena.  Mavs Owner Ross Perot
         Jr. said that the five "will be narrowed to two or three
         finalists within about a month" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/30).
         ...The Magic and Heat will play a preseason game in Tampa's
         Ice Palace next season, the facility's first NBA game (TAMPA
         TRIBUNE, 4/29)....In Baltimore, Morgan St. will play
         Delaware St. on October 24 in the Ravens new stadium,
         marking the facility's first non-Ravens event (SUN, 4/30).

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