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RI TOUTS $23M IN BOOST FROM GRAVITY GAMES; BOFFO YEAR IN HUB

          The RI Sports Council released a study which estimates
     the economic impact of the '99 Gravity Games at about $23M. 
     That figure is an estimate of the total sales impacts --
     direct plus indirect -- associated with the event.  The
     study shows that about $17M was generated from direct sales
     associated with the Games, mostly through meals, beverages,
     hotels and construction materials.  Additionally, the study
     found that 54,400 of the 200,500 fans that attended the
     event were non-RI residents and that the non-residents spent
     an average of $80 a day (Gravity Games).  Meanwhile, the
     Winter Gravity Games has announced that its $325,000 purse
     for the January event in CA is the most for an alternative
     winter sports event ever (Gravity Games).
          STELLAR YEAR IN BEANTOWN: In Boston, Gregg Krupa called
     '99 an "unprecedented year for athletic events" in the city,
     as, according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors
     Bureau, ten "major sports events in the area" generated
     $270M in the local economy (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/8).

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