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On the Tedy Bruschi front, USA Today's wire reports cite WCVB and The Boston Globe in reporting the Pro-Bowl linebacker will undergo surgery to repair the small hole in his heart. The Bruschi family, however, has yet to release any information.

Steve Bailey of the Globe reports there is rumbling afoot to bring an Arena League football squad to The Hub. Bailey points out that Boston is the last of the top ten television markets in the country to be without an Arena League team, and reports that at least one group has raised most of the $12 million dollars necessary to purchase a franchise. The proposed franchise, were it to come to fruition, would hope to play its games in the FleetCenter, soon to be known as TD Banknorth Gardens.

Tom Curran of The Providence Journal reports another departure from last season's Patriots roster. Offensive lineman Adrian Klemm, who was limited to 26 games over five years in New England due to injuries, has signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers. The deal is believed to be in the neighborhood of $2.6 million dollars over two years.

On the business side, Scott Van Voorhis of The Boston Herald has an interesting feature on Robert Kraft's continuing development of his Route 1 empire. Van Voorhis describes the growth the Kraft family has infused into the business of exhibition shows on the grounds of Gillette Stadium. This weekend's RV free-for-all is just the latest of a series of big shows the Kraft's have brought to Foxboro. Van Voorhis lauds the success of this side of the Krafts' business, and indicates it is a burgeoning fiscal benefit to the New England organization.

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