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Volume 24 No. 154

Facilities Venues

     The S.F. Parks Commission voted unanimously yesterday to
accept a deal worth at least $4M to keep the 3Com name over
Candlestick Park at least through the end of '99, according to
the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS.  The deal now faces a vote next month
by city supervisors.  Despite concerns from Mayor Willie Brown,
commission Chair Jack Immendorf notes the deal is actually worth
$5.5M, as 3Com will pay for signage and agreed to buy $350,000 in
stadium ads each year (Richard Sandoval, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS,
1/19).  MORE S.F.: Opponents of a proposed $225M baseball stadium
for the Giants have begun distributing fliers over concerns about
parking (Michael Dorgan, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/19).

     Marc Ganis, president of the Chicago-based SportsCorp Ltd.,
said he wants help mediate stadium negotiations between the Bears
and the city of Chicago, according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
Ganis' firm specializes in large-scale sports negotiations and
Fred Mitchell writes he has assumed a national identity as an
"agent for teams," though Ganis says his firm also represents
municipalities.  SportsCorp oversaw the Rams' move to St. Louis
and most recently worked with the Raiders.  Ganis:  "People think
negotiating with Michael McCaskey is difficult.  But they have
never negotiated with Al Davis" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/19).

     A new proposal to build a baseball stadium near Arlington,
VA's Crystal City and National Airport is gaining momentum as
officials indicate they have concerns about the other sites
further out in VA's suburbs.  A stadium at the Arlington site
would offer views of the Potomac and Washington's monuments
(WASHINGTON POST, 1/19).