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SPURS OFFICIALS MEET WITH BITTERBLUE EXECS TO DISCUSS ARENA

          The Spurs' plan for a new arena on a Northeast Side of
     the city is "not winning strong support from City Hall,"
     according to Williams & Anderson of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-
     NEWS.  Yesterday it was reported that team officials were
     eyeing a proposed arena at Longhorn quarry and were hoping
     for city support by the end of the year.  But on Tuesday,
     Spurs Chair Peter Holt said, "We have a long way to go. ...
     This 'by the end of the year' stuff is ... what I want to
     emphasize is, that we're here to stay.  We're in no rush"
     (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/6).  Yesterday, Travis Poling
     reported that Holt and other team execs met with Bitterblue
     Inc. principals Gene Powell and Laddie Denton on Monday to
     discuss the proposed site, which would have an arena be "a
     city-owned facility paid for by tax increment financing
     backed bonds."  Poling wrote that the project still has
     "many hurdles to clear," including City Council approval to
     establish a reinvestment zone and the financing mechanism"
     (Travis Poling, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/5).  

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