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WHEN YOU'RE DOWNTOWN: RAVENS STADIUM OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT

          In a front-page piece in today's WASHINGTON POST, Heath
     & Goodman report that the "politically divisive, decade-long
     quest" to bring pro football to downtown Baltimore concludes
     tomorrow night, when the Ravens host the Bears in the first
     preseason game in their new stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 8/7).
     Ravens VP David Modell tells Don Pierson of the CHICAGO
     TRIBUNE that revenues from new, publicly-financed stadiums
     "separate the men from the boys in this sport."  But Modell
     said the team will not make a $70M profit this year from the
     new stadium, as is widely reported: "We're receiving $70
     million and promptly handing over 64 percent to players. 
     You have a business to run" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/7).  In MD,
     John Eisenberg writes that the stadium is a "splendid place,
     no doubt, as well it should be for what it cost."  But,
     noting the high upper-level, he writes, "if your seats are
     up there, you'd better bring a Sherpa" (BALT. SUN, 7/8).

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