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              THE ROOF IS LEAKING: A section of the roof at Olympic
         Stadium in Montreal came "crashing down yesterday," slightly
         injuring two workers.  Officials blamed "heavy snow, weighed
         down by unseasonable rain."  But the C$37M roof is "brand
         new" and the work of U.S.-based engineering company Birdair
         (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/19).  Former Canadiens GM Serge Savard, on
         possibly replacing outgoing Expos President Claude Brochu:
         "I don't pretend to be a baseball guy.  I like the sport as 
         a simple fan.  If the Expos need help in any project to keep
         baseball in Montreal, I'll help" (Montreal GAZETTE, 1/19).
              MINNESOTA FACTS: Vikings President Gary Woods said for
         the "first time publicly" on Monday that the team would
         prefer a new stadium to a renovated Metrodome.  Woods: "As
         long as the Twins are playing in the Dome, it really can't
         be renovated because there's no down time."  Woods is
         looking to resolve the issue this year.  In related news,
         Charley Walters reports that the Vikings grossed $2.5M in
         merchandise and souvenir sales for their 12-game Metrodome
         schedule this year.  In Sunday's loss alone, they grossed
         $325,000.  During the '97 regular-season schedule, the
         Vikings earned $875,000 in merchandise sales (PIONEER PRESS,
         1/19).  Walters added that talks "continue" between the NHL
         Wild and US West on a naming rights deal expected to be
         worth at least $2M a year (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/17).
              OTHER NOTES: Hillsborough County and the Tampa Sports
         Authority have sued the Bucs after the team "refused to hand
         over copies of leases" for the 168 skyboxes at Raymond James
         Stadium.  The county wants the leases to see whether the
         Bucs or suite holders should pay real estate taxes (TAMPA
         TRIBUNE, 1/16)....The Dallas-based Arena Group said that
         4,000 residents took part in a arena survey for the Mavs'
         and Stars' proposed new facility.  Of the participants, 40%
         were from Dallas, 11% from Arlington, Grand Prairie and Fort
         Worth and 38% from the Dallas suburbs.  The remaining 11%
         were from other areas (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/16).

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              PA Gov. Tom Ridge continues to "pitch" for new stadiums
         in the state to "what has proven to be one of his toughest
         audiences -- members of the House Republican caucus,"
         according to Reeves & Shelly of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. 
         Ridge met with about 70 GOP members last week and was "well-
         received," but when he made his bid for up to $325M in new
         stadium funding, observers said, "No one clapped."  One
         lawmaker: "He talked up stadiums, and it just isn't
         happening."  Ridge is hoping for a vote by February 10, and
         several Ridge staffers say that stadium-funding backers "may
         actually have lost ground, since the bill failed to pass the
         House in November (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/17).  
              TEAM BUILDING: In Pittsburgh, Peter Shelly reported on
         the "impressive lineup of lobbyists" that will aid PA's
         teams on the stadium legislation.  While the teams "have
         built a balanced lineup, with lobbyists from the east and
         west," they still face "tough odds in the House ... where
         lobbyists have not fared well" (POST-GAZETTE, 1/16).

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