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FACILITY NOTES

          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).

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