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Volume 24 No. 155

Events Attractions

          Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, in a letter dated November
     20, termed comments made last week by MD Gov. Parris
     Glendening urging the Orioles and the MD Stadium Authority
     (MSA) to "work more closely" on stadium issues "grossly
     inappropriate," according to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore
     SUN.  Angelos' letter "reasserted the team's opposition" to
     a MSA proposal to have a parking garage developed at Camden
     Yards in connection with an "urban entertainment complex."
     Glendening was critical of the Orioles last week for their
     stated opposition to the project, but Angelos said that his
     remarks reflect "a serious lack of knowledge of what is
     occurring."  Morgan adds that MSA Exec Dir Bruce Hoffman has
     called Angelos' office to request a meeting, but as of
     yesterday, Angelos "had not responded to the call." 
     Glendening's Deputy Chief of Staff, David Iannucci,
     "declined to comment" on the letter (SUN, 11/25).

          In a licensing agreement with Manhattan-based Glazier
     Group that was signed yesterday, "Michael Jordan - The
     Steakhouse" will open in February in New York's Grand
     Central Station, according to Florence Fabricant of the N.Y.
     TIMES.  Under terms of the deal, the restaurant will use
     Jordan's name and be run by Penny and Peter Glazier, who run
     the upscale, "The Monkey Bar," among others.  The 150-seat
     steakhouse will occupy 7,000 square feet, with a 60-seat bar
     and a "small retail shop" selling mainly restaurant related
     items.  The menu's "typical steakhouse main courses" will be
     priced "in the $20 range."  Peter Glazier: "It's about fine
     dining and Michael Jordan the businessman.  There will not
     be any sports memorabilia or photographs of Michael Jordan
     shooting baskets in the restaurant."  The Glaziers "hope to
     become involved in more projects" with Jordan after the
     steakhouse opens (N.Y. TIMES, 11/25).

          Nike Australia is spending "about" $8M on its "first
     giant concept store" in that country, expected to open in
     Melbourne in November '98, according to AD AGE.  The store
     is expected to look like a film set and "provide an
     interactive shopping experience for consumers."  A second
     store is expected to open in Sydney in late '99.  The
     Australian athletic footwear, clothing and accessories
     market "is estimated" at $1.5B and Nike claims between 32%
     and 35% share of Australia's $400M athletic footwear market
     (AD AGE, 11/24).....NikeTown Las Vegas, Nike's 10th store in
     the U.S., opened to the public on November 21 (Nike).