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Published August 19, 1998
SUITE-NESS: In Baltimore, Jon Morgan reports that six Ravens players "are considering or have leased suites" at the team's new stadium, either by themselves or in combination with others. The suites would be used by the players' families and friends during games. Orioles 3B Cal Ripken also has a suite. Ravens VP/Sales & Marketing David Cope said that he was "surprised" to find a ready market among the players. Some players have businesses that allow them to take off suite expenses on taxes. Ripken's suite is leased to his corporation, and Ravens WR Michael Jackson has a recording company in town (Baltimore SUN, 8/19). NOTES: NFL Giants co-Owner Robert Tisch "plans to send his plan for a new arena at the Meadowlands for the Nets and Devils" to NJ Gov. Christie Whitman next month. Tisch said that Continental Airlines Arena is not "fair to the two teams playing there" (AP/Bergen RECORD, 8/18)....Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, on if the team hits 3 million in attendance this season: "I want to make this very clear. I never said I would stay [at Yankees Stadium] if we made 3 million. What I have always said is that if we make 3 million, I would sit down and talk to [Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer]" (N.Y. POST, 8/19)....IMG "is planning to spend up to" $30M "to help build the largest tennis facility in the world" near Indian Wells, CA. The $60M entertainment and tennis center, to be built in conjunction with a group headed by Indian Wells Tournament Dir Charlie Pasarell, would have a seating capacity of up to 35,000 (Daniel Kaplan, SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/17).