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The Boston Landmarks Commission yesterday "unanimously approved the Red Sox’ application to widen Fenway Park’s bullpen by about 9 feet -- reducing the right-field fence’s distance from home plate to about 371 feet from 380 feet." Red Sox VP/Fenway Affairs Larry Cancro said that the "major reason the team was requesting the change is for player safety." Dan Wilson, a member of grassroots group Save Fenway Park, "stopped short of opposing the proposal, but cautioned the commission and the team about altering Fenway." Wilson: "We approve of all the renovations, but our concentration has to do with the fact that this is potentially character-changing for the ballpark" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/27).

RUNNING OUT OF TIME: MLS Commissioner Don Garber recently addressed DC United's future and said, "It's DC United, and I'd love to see it stay here in the District. But if we can't get a solution to the stadium, we can't stay here and we'll have to look at other options." DC United President Kevin Payne noted the club is "waiting for the results of the financial feasibility study" of a stadium in Baltimore. He added, "We're working with a couple of developers in DC to try to explore a site" (, 10/26).

TRYING TO GET BACK ON TRACK: In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg notes the NASCAR HOF two months into its new FY "has a net deficit of $190,000." With attendance of 55,000 in July and August, "ticket revenue is 63% below projections." Possible cutbacks for the HOF could include a "reduction in national advertising and more emphasis on local and regional promotion." Another aspect of marketing "likely to be trimmed is spending to lure corporate sponsors." Spanberg notes NASCAR, which is supposed to receive 5-10% of the HOF's revenue generated in a range of categories, is "deferring its portion of revenue until the hall of fame is in better financial shape" (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/22 issue).

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