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SPORTS HAS ITS ROLE AMONG KEY ELECTIONS HELD TODAY
Published November 3, 1998
Today's stadium referendums in San Diego, Denver and Cincinnati have garnered much of the attention of the sports industry, but there are a number of other races around the country which sports business professionals should keep an eye on tonight. Ravens Owner ART MODELL and his team have become a key issue in MD's gubernatorial race. MD Gov. PARRIS GLENDENING (D) faces a difficult re-election bid from GOP challenger ELLEN SAUERBREY, who has made Glendening's support for two new football facilities an issue. Sauerbrey has been running with the tag, "Build schools. Not stadiums." Another candidate being criticized for his support of a new sports facility is St. Paul Mayor NORM COLEMAN, who is in a tight three-way race between MN AG HUBERT (SKIP) HUMPHREY III and JESSE "THE BODY" VENTURA. Polls there have the race too close to call. Coleman is being taken to task by Ventura for his support of the NHL Wild's St. Paul arena. Meanwhile, Humphrey is investigating MLB regarding a possible violation of antitrust laws in actions relating to the Twins' proposed sale and relocation. OTHER NUGGETS: Padres Owner JOHN MOORES and Chargers Owner ALEX SPANOS have contributed heavily to the U.S. Senate bid of GOP nominee MATT FONG, who is CA State Treasurer. Fong's bid to unseat U.S. Senator BARBARA BOXER is too close to call. Former MLB P and U.S. Rep. JIM BUNNING (R-KY) -- backed by Univ. of Louisville coach DENNY CRUM -- is up against U.S. Rep. SCOTTY BAESLER (D-KY) -- who has the backing of Celtics President/coach RICK PITINO. ....U.S. Senator RUSS FEINGOLD (D-WI), in a tight race for re-election in WI, is running a TV ad statewide which compares the Packers' ownership to his campaign. The spot describes the Packers as the only pro team that's owned by local residents, "not big money interests," taking a shot at his opponent, U.S. Rep. MARK NEUMANN (R-WI)....NYC Council Speaker PETER VALLONE, an outspoken critic of Yankees Owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER's Manhattan ballpark project, trails NY Gov. GEORGE PATAKI by more than 25% in the latest poll....The Committee for the Study of American Electorate said today's turnout is likely to be 36-38% of eligible voters, down from the 38.8% which turned out in '94.