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Officials say PawSox stadium deal still possible

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien say there's a "framework" or "pathway" to a deal on a new stadium for the Pawtucket PawSox.

The Providence Journal reports Grebien said Wednesday one option could reduce the state's contribution for the ballpark from $23 million to $8 million if a private group stepped in to help. The PawSox are the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Mattiello said he wasn't considering that option and there is no agreement, but he said there's a "framework" that could work. He wouldn't elaborate.

In January, the Senate approved a deal for the state to contribute $23 million of the $83 million needed for the stadium. Mattiello said that deal is dead.

Worcester, Massachusetts, has also been courting the team.

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