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In Sacramento, Ryan Lillis noted NBA Kings fans "have taken to social media to complain about long lines and slow service" at Sleep Train Arena's revamped concession stands. Those stations are "offering food from local farms and ranches, along with some local beer and wine." Fans have "generally had good things to say about the quality of the food -- but they complain it isn't getting to them fast enough." Kings President Chris Granger in an e-mail wrote, "It’s going to be a constant work in progress until we get it to where we want it to be" (SACBEE.com, 11/7).

WAR ZONING: CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto said of the Warriors' waterfront arena project, "The fact that the Warriors are adamant about putting it there means that they are going to have to overcome a freshly emboldened series of neighborhoods and common-interest groups who want to keep the Embarcadero from having the view of the Bay obscured." He added it is "really clear" that Warriors Ownership is "still in full-sale mode. They want to sell this thing, and they want people to buy into it." Ratto said of the team's owners, "They want an arena that they can control and they want the one that will be a monument to them" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 11/6).

NORTH, STAY WEST: In Buffalo, Jill Terreri notes local politicians and business leaders on Thursday “began speaking out in favor of granting a package of tax breaks” to keep Delaware North Cos. HQs in the city. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) “wrote a joint letter” to the chair of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency “urging him to approve tax incentives related to Delaware North’s relocation.” Rich Products Corp. CEO William Gisel Jr. said, “To lose a corporate citizen like Delaware North would be just unforgivable for us” (BUFFALO NEWS, 11/8).

TAKING A DIVE: In Indianapolis, Anthony Schoettle noted the IUPUI Natatorium is "vying for" the June '16 Olympic Diving Trials. However, if Indianapolis is "going to beat out Atlanta, USA Diving will have to be convinced that Indiana University -- which owns and controls the IUPUI Natatorium -- is serious about making" the $17M-$20M in upgrades "needed at the facility." IU VP/Capital Planning & Facilities Tom Morrison said that he would "like to have a plan in place by the end of this year." USA Diving is set to announce the host of the event on Dec. 10 (IBJ.com, 11/6).
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