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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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