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DOES KRAFT WANT A MEGA CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM BOSTON?
Published December 20, 1994
The controversy over a downtown megaplex in Boston was detailed in the BOSTON GLOBE. The Boston Redevelopment Authority wants to separate a convention center from a domed sports stadium, "not only because it sidesteps the controversial issue of using public money to assist team owners, but also because the habits of conventioneers and football fans argue for different sites" (Michael Rezendes, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/19). Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's proposal to sell his Foxboro Stadium back to the state was also examined. "The Patriots are the hottest ticket in town, and Kraft knows it," writes Charles Pierce. "He is trying to enrich himself by pretending that he is doing the rest of us a favor. He wants the increased profits that will come from the increased skybox seating in a megaplex, and he wants his team moved closer to the profit center in Boston. .... He wants all the rest of us to pay for it" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/18). GLOBE business writer Joan Vennochi writes on the strained relationship between Kraft and MA Gov. William Weld. "Gov. Weld continues to feel some obligation to Kraft, even though the Pats owner has worked hard over the past year to wear out his welcome in the Governor's office" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/18). Among the six "major players" polled by the GLOBE, only one said he was an "ardent" supporter of a sports facility as part of the megaplex process (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/18).