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  • COMBINATION OF FACTORS SEEN TO LEAD TO TRIAD'S MLB FAILURE

              After voters in NC's Triad area defeated an MLB stadium
         tax referendum, critics of the plan said a "constellation of
         issues" -- not just "no-more-taxes" -- were factors in its
         loss, according to Taft Wireback of the Greensboro NEWS &
         RECORD.  Some of the factors: An unwillingness to use taxes
         for pro sports; "skepticism" of some local business leaders
         and groups backing the plan; "disbelief" of the projections
         of the ballpark's economic impact; a "perceived arrogance"
         of ballpark proponents "in its refusal to actively engage
         the majority of voters in the discussion" of MLB; "anger" at
         the "slick" campaign promoting the proposal; and "animosity
         toward" wealthy professional athletes and team owners.  But
         Walt Klein, campaign manager for "Vote Yes For MLB," said
         that the campaign failed because the "economy is good right
         now, so people are more satisfied with the Triad's status
         quo."  He added that "the average person couldn't latch onto
         the abstract" of what an MLB team would do for the
         community.  Klein: "I believe it's difficult for people to
         think five or 10 years down he road" (NEWS & RECORD, 5/10). 
         
    

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  • DODGERS LOOKING FOR REVENUE BOOST, BUT NOT NAMING RIGHTS

              The Dodgers "are expected to seek approval" from the
         city of L.A. in the next several weeks "to build luxury
         suites" at Dodger Stadium, according to Robert Kuwada of the
         ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER.  Dodgers President Bob Graziano said
         plans for 50-60 suites "are among several options under
         consideration" that would allow the team to generate
         additional revenue to increase the team's payroll.  The
         Dodgers "also are considering increasing advertising signage
         inside the stadium and improving preferred field-level seats
         between the home and visiting dugouts."  But Graziano said
         that a naming rights deal for the ballpark "is not among the
         options at this point" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 5/8).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              In DC, Mike Cleary reports that the MCI Center has
         "spurred or accelerated" many of the projects in the eastern
         part of downtown DC.  The arena has also "brought a new wave
         of patrons" to the area (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/11)....Work
         crews will begin dismantling the retractable roof at Olympic
         Stadium today.  The process, to be completed in December,
         will cost Quebecers C$180M, much of it in repairs, to
         replace it with a C$37M permanent roof (TORONTO STAR, 5/11).
         ...Int'l Speedway Corp. (ISC) showed plans Friday for its
         proposed, $200M Kansas Int'l Speedway.  The new track will
         sport condominiums, a restaurant and a museum and should
         closely resemble the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (K.C. STAR,
         5/9)....Harbor Yard, the new minor league park for the
         Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish will cost taxpayers about $17M
         instead of the projected $14M (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/11).
    
    

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  • MARINERS STILL TALKING ABOUT NAMING RIGHTS, BUT NO DEAL YET

              The Mariners and the Safeco Insurance Co. "both denied
         they have an agreement" to sell the company naming rights
         for the team's new ballpark, according to a report in the
         SEATTLE TIMES.  Mariners Dir of PR Dave Aust said that no
         deal has been signed and that "none was imminent."  Aust
         also said that the team is "still negotiating with several
         companies."  Safeco spokesperson Pat Hillis "confirmed that
         Safeco has talked to the Mariners about naming rights," but
         said that there "is no deal" (SEATTLE TIMES, 5/8).
    
    

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