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Volume 24 No. 156
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          A day after the Nets unveiled their plans to build a
     sports and entertainment complex in Newark, Devils Owner
     John McMullen gave NJ Gov. Christie Whitman his proposal for
     "the same kind" of complex at an historic train terminal in
     Hoboken, according to Doug Most of the Bergen RECORD. 
     However, the Whitman administration responded by sending
     letters to both teams "saying their proposals were
     inadequate and asking for more details to help officials
     make a decision."  McMullen is pushing for a $350M "Hoboken
     Station" that would be "anchored" by an 18,500-seat arena
     and "complemented" by retail stores, restaurants and a movie
     theater.  The arena would include 100 luxury boxes, 3,000
     club seats, theme restaurants and team shops.  The Devils'
     plan "relies on less public money than the Nets' plan," and
     both come days before the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority
     is to release a state-ordered five-month study on the future
     of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.  But
     Whitman spokesperson Pete McDonough stressed one sports
     complex: "I think the state will be expressing to the teams
     that a dual-sports arena is the only thing that makes sense
     to us right now.  We will need to convince the teams to
     stick together in one of three locations" (RECORD, 3/12). 
     McMullen will finance $200M of his project, with only $30M
     coming in public funds (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 3/12).