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              TIGER LAND: In Detroit, Joe Falls writes on the
         difficulty that Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch is having on
         completing the financing of the Tigers' new ballpark: "The
         consortium of 14 U.S. banks backed out of the deal, and now
         the financiers from Japan still haven't given Ilitch the
         money.  This should tell you something about the financial
         structure of the Ilitch empire, which should tell you
         something about the sad state of the baseball team" (DETROIT
         NEWS, 8/13).  The Tigers will post clips of construction at
         their new ballpark on (Tigers).
              NOTES: The Lakers and NHL Kings announced their intent
         to build a combined practice facility in El Segundo, CA. 
         Naming rights to the $15M, 120,000-square-foot complex will
         be sold (L.A. TIMES, 8/12)....Attorneys for the NFL
         Cardinals and the Rio Salado Crossing District met yesterday
         and will meet again today "in hopes of reaching a
         preliminary agreement" before the Mesa City Council makes
         its decision whether to put the stadium measure on the
         November ballot (AZ REPUBLIC, 8/13)....The Padres proposed
         ballpark measure will appear as Proposition C on the
         November ballot.  Politicians and consultants say that being
         first on the ballot "is best because it gives backers first
         shot at voters' attention" (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/12). 

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              The Spurs unveiled plans Wednesday for a $150M arena in
         the "abandoned Longhorn Quarry that could be open for games
         by 2001," according to Poling & Anderson of the SAN ANTONIO
         EXPRESS-NEWS.  Spurs Chair Peter Holt and Quarry developer
         Bitterblue "called the proposition the best for the Spurs
         and the city" during a meeting with the Express-News.  But
         Holt said the team is not threatening to leave the city: "If
         this didn't work would we leave the city?  That isn't our
         plan. ... The ownership is going to be patient."  The Spurs
         would manage the arena which would be owned by the city,
         county and the North East School District.  Construction
         could start as early as next summer.  Under the
         Spurs/Bitterblue plans, "a Tax Increment Finance board would
         sell bonds to pay for constructing the arena."  Bonds would
         be paid for from property taxes on new development in a
         reinvestment zone near the San Antonio airport.  San Antonio
         Mayor Howard Peak supports the plan and adds, "We want to
         move forward rapidly on this."  The proposal now goes to the
         city council (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/13).
              INSIDE THE HOME: Architectural designs by Ellerbe
         Beckett call for the arena to be split into 2,500 premium
         seats and 16,000 general seats.  It would be divided into
         five levels (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/13).

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