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          "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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