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  • DON'T DRINK THE WATER, OR EAT THE PEANUTS OR CRACKER JACKS

              An "Inside Edition" undercover investigation "found
         serious food safety problems at [MLB] parks all across the
         country," according to Matt Meagher.  "IE" visited 15 MLB
         parks, and shot hidden-camera footage depicting apparent
         violations by food workers.  Meagher: "We were looking for
         so-called critical violations, shoddy food handling and
         service practices the [FDA] says can lead to food-born
         illness."  At Bank One Ballpark, Meagher found "hot dogs,
         burgers and chicken served at dangerously low temperatures." 
         Meagher: "But it wasn't only Phoenix.  At eight of the 15
         stadiums, half of the foods we tested were below the 140-
         degree (FDA approved temperature) safety limit."  Meagher
         said that food temperature "is just one problem," noting
         health inspection reports that found "rodents and
         cockroaches in Kansas City, flies in San Francisco, and
         rodent droppings" in the Astrodome.  While Fenway Park was
         one of the ballparks that received a "clean bill of health"
         earlier this year, that was when it was inspected three days
         before opening day with "no food, no fans."  "IE" found
         "dangerously low temperatures in nearly half the Fenway food
         we tested."  Meagher: "We tried to get some answers from
         Aramark, the company that runs Fenway Park's food
         concessions.  Instead, we got kicked out."  "IE" was also
         kicked out of the concession areas at Yankee Stadium. 
         Afterward, host Deborah Norville: "Concessionaires at Kansas
         City, Milwaukee and Phoenix all say that they periodically
         spot check their food, and that they are looking into our
         findings.  Health officials in Boston say that they plan
         follow-up inspections" ("Inside Edition," 5/20).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo issued
         a written apology on Wednesday for walking out of an
         interview with HBO's Armen Keteyian.  In a statement,
         Colangelo said, "I would like to make a public apology for
         my actions that day, and in particular for my
         uncharacteristic use of profanity. ... I simply lost my
         temper and regret having done so" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/21)..
         ....In Houston, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
         postponed hiring Schindelwolf & Associates to inspect
         construction of a new ballpark so Mayor Lee Brown can review
         the two-year contract (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/21)....The Santa
         Clara City Council OK'd a study on how to finance a 45,000-
         seat ballpark as long as stadium proponents paid for the
         study (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/20)....CNBC's Mike Hegedus
         reported on the SkyLinks GPS System, which is used by 30
         golf courses around the country, and uses the global
         positioning satellite technology to give players their exact
         yardage to the green.  SkyLinks Dir of Sales & Marketing
         Richard Beckman: "We feel this is going to be a $10 to $20
         million business very, very quickly."  Boston-based SkyLinks
         is "one of the top three" GPS systems providers, and "has
         picked up some big-time backing" including the John Deere
         Corporation ("The Edge," 5/20).
    
    

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  • LAMAR'S HUNTING FOR INVESTORS IN NEW CREW STADIUM COMPLEX

              MLS Crew Owner Lamar Hunt has "invited" the 22-member
         group of Columbus-area business leaders who control 45% of
         the team to help finance construction of the team's new $15-
         17M stadium, according to Merx & Mark of the COLUMBUS
         DISPATCH.  Hunt Sports Group, which owns 55% of the team,
         has "signed a guarantee" to cover the cost of the 22,500-
         seat facility.  Crew Soccer Stadium Limited Liability Corp.
         is the private organization set up by Hunt that will "build,
         own and manage the facility."  One local owner, George
         Jenkins, said that the area execs "haven't discussed
         collectively whether they will take Hunt up on the offer." 
         Jenkins said that after a stadium site is finalized next
         week, Hunt Sports Group will "analyze financing needs" and
         bring a proposal to local investors.   The OH Expositions
         Commission approved a lease arrangement with the team and
         will help select the site.  The stadium will be designed by
         OH-based NBBJ, with ground-breaking set for July, with the
         opening scheduled for next April (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/20). 
    
    

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