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Volume 24 No. 156

Facilities Venues

          Abe Pollin will be among those to participate in a
     Brookings Institute panel discussion this Friday in
     Washington, DC, entitled "Stadium Deals: Who's Footing the
     Bill?"  ABC "Nightline" Correspondent Dave Marash will
     moderate (Brookings)....In FL, State Rep. Victor Crist, using
     sports facilities as an example, has proposed selling the
     naming rights to public schools, saying they are "potential
     gold mines" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/18).

          The MA Senate Ways and Means committee ended its session
     last night without action on a bill that would help Patriots
     Owner Robert Kraft renovate and expand Foxboro Stadium,
     according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE.  The
     "earliest" the bill could be taken up again is in January.  A
     previous measure passed by the House would provide $52M in
     improvements around the stadium in return for an annual $2M
     payment from the team or town of Foxboro from parking fees.
     Kraft would also "have to commit" spending at least $50M to
     remodel the facility.  The Senate Committee would have had to
     study the House bill and the original legislation from Acting
     Gov. Paul Cellucci before coming up with its own legislation. 
     Alison Franklin, spokesperson for Senate President Thomas
     Birmingham: "[I]t would be incorrect to look at this as a
     slowing down or derailing of the bill" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/19).