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          Eight cities are competing for the rights to host the
     inaugural Gravity Games, the four-day alternative sports,
     lifestyle and music festival presented by NBC Sports.  The
     event, set to tape this summer and air on NBC Sports in
     October, is expected to attract over 100,000 spectators and
     add $20-30M to the host city's economy.  The competing
     cities of Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, N.Y., Phoenix,
     Providence and San Diego will be narrowed down to three on
     January 11 with a final site to be chosen by the end of the
     month (Advantage).  San Diego's chances of hosting NBC's new
     Gravity Games "doesn't look good," according to Diane Bell
     of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE.  NBC Sports VP/Information
     Ed Markey has indicated that Providence "has been
     extraordinary in many ways" by having "important" city
     representatives "involved in the presentation and subsequent
     smaller meetings."  The city was also "willing to give
     commitments for city resources almost unprompted."  San
     Diego is facing a timing "complication," as NBC wants the
     2000 Gravity Games to be held in July to avoid an Olympics
     coverage conflict (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/5).

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