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In Boston, Ian Rapoport notes people "couldn't forget the field conditions at Wembley Stadium" two years ago when the NFL hosted its first game in London. But as the Patriots and Buccaneers "prepare to play in London on Sunday, NFL officials are convinced the problem has been solved." NFL U.K. Managing Dir Alistair Kirkwood said that the "stadium and turf were new" in '07, and noted that the game "followed the second-wettest day of the year." Since then, the NFL and "local turf management experts have worked with Wembley officials to make it right" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/21).

Orioles Bidding Out Concessions Contract At
Oriole Park For First Time In 17-Year History
BIRD FEEDER: In Baltimore, Ryan Sharrow reports the Orioles are "bidding out the food and beverage concessions contract at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the [first] time in the ballpark's 17-year history." Aramark's 15-year deal with the Orioles ended in '07 and the two sides have since "worked on a year-by-year contract." But Orioles Dir of Communications Greg Bader said that the team is "now taking bids to see what other options are out there." K.C.-based Bigelow Cos. President Chris Bigelow, who is working on behalf of the team, said that the Orioles have "received interest from the industry's biggest players, including Aramark, Delaware North, Centerplate, Levy Restaurants, Ovations and Legends Hospitality Management" (BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/16 issue).

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME? SI.com's Michael Farber wrote while an NHL team in Quebec City is "still a long shot," the league "won't discourage Quebec from getting taxpayers to foot the bill for an arena." If "nothing else," the NHL "can use a building in Quebec as a stalking horse for recalcitrant cities that don't want to build new homes for pampered hockey players." As long as arenas exist in K.C. and Quebec, an owner who is "annoyed with his lease or the number of luxury suites in his building always will have a potential threat in his hip pocket" (SI.com, 10/20).

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