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"After checking out the lineup of politicians who prevailed on Election Day, the Redskins have called timeout" and asked to delay their appeal of Anne Arundel County's rejection of their proposed new stadium (Beyers & Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 11/17). Redskins attorney Harry Blumenthal made the request, saying the team needs more time to complete studies of the proposed facility. The team hoped to bypass the appeals process and report directly to the Anne Arundel County Council. But a Baltimore SUN post-election survey shows that four of the seven councilmembers would not vote to bypass the appeals process, thereby killing any hopes for a quick end to the process and a change in county zoning laws. The team also can't look to the governor's office for help, as MD's Governor-elect, Parris Glendening, vowed yesterday to fight a stadium in Laurel (Richards & Rivera, Baltimore SUN, 11/17). The Redskins' delay also heightened speculation that the team wants to try and lobby the new MD legislature for help with the Laurel site -- or that they are looking at others areas in MD, VA or DC (Matt Neufield, WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/17).
The Superdome Commission voted yesterday to allow Integrated Logistical Support Inc. to oversee construction of an $84M basketball arena near the Superdome. The Commission also voted to have the company -- led by Mayor Marc Morial advisers' Robert Tucker and Anthony Mumphrey -- oversee work on $20.5M in improvements to the Dome. The commission named another company, Frederic Harris Inc., to oversee construction of a $20M minor- league ballpark and a $6M Saints training camp. The projects will be funded via state bond issues backed by a 4% hotel-motel tax in New Orleans (Bruce Eggler, New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 11/15).
A day after the city of Arlington unveiled a proposal for a $140M multi-use arena, Dallas city leaders proceeded with their own discussions on a new downtown arena. The city agreed to add more luxury suites and move the site of the planned facility. The Stars had asked for more suites and luxury seating, and the city increased the number to more than 100, up from 65. Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett: "We said, fine, if you can lease them, we'll build 150." Dallas officials also lowered their cost estimate on the arena from $184M to $142M. Bartlett said despite attempts by other cities to lure the teams out of Dallas, he was confident the city would "rise to the challenge and complete a new arena by 1997" (Kathryn Hopper, FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, 11/17). ARLINGTON STORIES: Two days ago, Arlington joined the TX cities of Lewisville and Irving to make a proposal to the Mavs and the Stars. The Arlington plan, an "admitted longshot" to get the teams, was portrayed in diagrams as a red brick structure to complement the design of The Ballpark, home to the Rangers. Stars President Jim Lites said he liked the numbers presented in Arlington's proposal: "We'll take it. We'll kick the tires, drive it around the block a few times. It sounds good." Mavs Owner Donald Carter said he still intends to "make every attempt" to keep the Mavs in Dallas, but calls Lewisville his first choice (Joe Stebbins, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/16). Carter is helping fund a study in Lewisville, where he has agreed to purchase 75 acres of land (Kathryn Hopper, FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, 11/17). Lites expects the Stars and the Mavs to make a decision on the new arena within the next 60 days (Joe Stebbins, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/16).