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          NJ Gov. Christie Whitman yesterday put her state "back
     in the hunt for Yankee Stadium."  Whitman said that her
     administration will "help prepare a plan for moving the
     Yankees" to NJ if Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner's "soon-
     to-be-named advisory panel requests it."  However, Whitman
     "repeated her promise" not to offer the team any benefits
     not offered to "all employers who move jobs to New Jersey." 
     (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/6)....MA-based Arnold Communications has
     developed a pro bono advocacy campaign for the Save Fenway
     Park organization.  The effort will include TV, radio and
     print ads, along with other material.  TV spots feature
     interviews with Yankees fans in NYC on why Fenway is
     special, while print ads focus on the park's history
     (ADWEEK, 5/4)....In Houston, Dale Robertson writes that IHL
     Aeros Owner/Compaq Center manager Chuck Watson's decision to
     pull out of his NFL partnership with Bob McNair "bodes
     badly" for any compromise solution regarding the Rockets'
     Compaq Center lease.  Now removed from the football mix,
     Watson will be "disinclined to discuss football stadium tax
     breaks as a tradeoff for [Rockets Owner Les] Alexander's
     lease becoming less airtight" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/6).

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