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          The U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA) announced
     that Dallas will host the 2003 National Championships, with
     the AmericanAirlines Center serving as the main venue. 
     Dallas beat out Minneapolis and St. Louis in a vote of the
     USFSA's BOD.  Todd Bromley, who chaired the local organizing
     effort, says the event "will bring an estimated" $40-50M in
     revenue to the area (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12)....In
     Miami, Pedro Acevedo wrote that the Breeders' Cup at
     Gulfstream Park "promises to pump $100 million into the
     local economy and to thrust South Florida into the
     international spotlight by bringing some of the world's best
     horses to compete" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/11).  Meanwhile,
     Churchill Downs announced that it will charge 28% more at
     next year's Kentucky Derby "for the hot seats near the
     finish than those on the first turn."  Churchill Downs
     VP/Communications John Asher: "The market tells you that
     Derby seating was really underpriced compared to other
     sporting events." Ticket increases have Millionaire's Row
     seats at $450-500, up from $400; First-floor box seats at
     $85-95, up from $75-85; grandstand bleacher seats at $50-65,
     up from $42-55.  Asher added that "most Derby tickets are
     handed down from year to year ... and only about 1,000
     change hands every year" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 10/9).

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