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Volume 24 No. 158
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          MLS Crew Owner Lamar Hunt has "invited" the 22-member
     group of Columbus-area business leaders who control 45% of
     the team to help finance construction of the team's new $15-
     17M stadium, according to Merx & Mark of the COLUMBUS
     DISPATCH.  Hunt Sports Group, which owns 55% of the team,
     has "signed a guarantee" to cover the cost of the 22,500-
     seat facility.  Crew Soccer Stadium Limited Liability Corp.
     is the private organization set up by Hunt that will "build,
     own and manage the facility."  One local owner, George
     Jenkins, said that the area execs "haven't discussed
     collectively whether they will take Hunt up on the offer." 
     Jenkins said that after a stadium site is finalized next
     week, Hunt Sports Group will "analyze financing needs" and
     bring a proposal to local investors.   The OH Expositions
     Commission approved a lease arrangement with the team and
     will help select the site.  The stadium will be designed by
     OH-based NBBJ, with ground-breaking set for July, with the
     opening scheduled for next April (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/20).