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  • CUOMO COULD BE INCLUDED IN STEINBRENNER STADIUM BRAINTRUST

              "Concerned about the intense political maneuvering over
         whether -- and where -- to build a new stadium" for the
         Yankees, team Owner George Steinbrenner will not make a
         decision about the ball club's future home until after the
         baseball season ends, according to Barry & Bagli of the N.Y.
         TIMES.  In addition, Steinbrenner's advisors say that he
         "has been talking to" former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo about
         joining an advisory panel "to help him determine his next
         step."  Steinbrenner is also said to be "courting" Coopers &
         Lybrand and HOK Sports Facilities Group.  Barry & Bagli:
         "Executives close to Steinbrenner said that while the
         Yankees organization appreciated the efforts of [NYC Mayor
         Rudy] Giuliani to keep the team in New York City, it had
         become concerned with the furor surrounding the mayor's
         proposal that city tax money be used to help finance a new
         stadium."  Those close to the negotiations said that
         Steinbrenner "wanted to remove the Yankees entirely from the
         politically charged atmosphere" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/1).
              BOSSMAN COMETH? In NJ, Mike Kelly wrote that friends
         say that while Steinbrenner is "inclined to move his team"
         to a new stadium in NJ, "he is acutely aware of what such a
         move would do to his place in baseball history."  Kelly
         added that over 60% of Yankee fans now come from NJ and
         Rockland and Westchester, NY, Counties (RECORD, 4/30).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              MCI Center Exec VP Wes Unseld said that DC officials
         "were aware" of an agreement between the city and the MCI
         Center under which the city paid for DC police being used
         for security and crowd control.  Unseld said the deal was
         "negotiated publicly and approved by elected officials" and
         the DC financial control board (WASHINGTON POST, 5/1).
         ...Citing allegations of "possible fraud," Philadelphia City
         Councilman Jim Kenney called for hearings to investigate
         Ogden Entertainment's food and beverage concessions at
         Veterans Stadium (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/1)....A S.F.
         judge dismissed a lawsuit yesterday that attempted to
         overturn last June's election in which voters approved the
         49ers' plan for a new stadium/mall (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/1).
         ...In CA, drivers are complaining about the "glare from the
         lights" at Edison Field along the Orange Freeway.  CA
         Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Angel Johnson said the CHP "has
         contacted officials" of the ballpark "to ask if they can
         mute" the lights and parking lot billboard.  Stadium
         officials said that they were "interested in any safety
         issues related to the lights" (L.A. TIMES, 4/30). 
    
    

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  • LATEST POLL HAS BALLPARK VOTE NARROWING IN TRIAD REGION

              With less than a week left before voters in the Triad
         area will decide whether they want to help pay for a new
         ballpark, "the pro-stadium campaign has tightened the race
         dramatically," according to David Rice of the WINSTON-SALEM
         JOURNAL.  A new poll of 438 likely voters found that 50% of
         voters in Forsyth and Guilford counties oppose a tax on
         prepared foods and baseball tickets to help pay for a
         ballpark, while 43% support it.  The telephone survey was
         taken April 28-29 and was conducted for the newspaper by
         Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research.  It has a margin of
         error of +/- 5%.  The numbers show the gap has narrowed
         since a similar poll last month which showed 61% against the
         tax and 31% for it.  But Rice writes that poll came before
         the Twins played an exhibition game in the area and prior to
         radio and TV ads that began to tout baseball.  The survey
         also showed that 22% of those who said they'll vote for the
         proposal "made up their minds in the past week."  Other
         numbers showed a "sizable gender gap" over the ballpark as
         53% of men surveyed favor the tax, while "just" 33% of women
         support it.  In another note, 4% of those who favor the tax
         do so because they don't want Charlotte to get an MLB team. 
         Ballpark proponents will increase their GOTV efforts this
         week and new TV ads featuring NASCAR drivers and Triad
         residents talking about baseball are set to debut (WINSTON-
         SALEM JOURNAL, 5/1).  In related news, a new study by the
         Univ. of NC-Greensboro shows that an MLB team could be
         "successful in the region and improve the area's economy and
         quality of life."  But the study said it must include a
         "fair lease that protects taxpayers."  The study assumed an
         average attendance of 18,000 (NEWS & RECORD, 4/30).
    
    

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