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Volume 24 No. 158

Facilities Venues

          Talks between Cincinnati and Hamilton County over its
     riverfront development "went into a tailspin" Thursday,
     "calling into question again whether the Bengals' $400.3
     million stadium complex will be built," according to May &
     Wilkinson of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.  Cincinnati City
     Manager John Shirey "gave city council members what appeared
     to be a city-county deal Thursday morning."  But county
     leaders then said they "never agreed to the document." 
     Bengals President Mike Brown has said if the city and county
     don't reach a deal by Saturday, January 31, he will walk
     away from the stadium deal (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/23). 

          CO Gov. Ray Romer "threw his support Thursday behind
     holding an election in May" to build a new stadium for the
     Broncos.  It was the first time Romer has spoken openly of
     his support for a stadium tax (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1/23).
     ...The Univ. of Pittsburgh said that it wanted to sell
     corporate naming rights to the $52M convocation center and
     its 12,500-seat arena "as part of a plan to finance the new
     building."  They are also considering selling marketing
     rights inside the arena (POST-GAZETTE, 1/22)....The AAA
     Oklahoma RedHawks have signed a seven-year deal with
     Southwestern Bell to name their new $29M park, Southwestern
     Bell Park.  Terms were not disclosed (OKLAHOMAN, 1/21).