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Bengals GM Mike Brown showed his frustration over stadium talks Tuesday saying that "negotiators had better start remembering they have two professional teams to satisfy." Brown's remarks stem from news that Reds CEO/ President Marge Schott "will not discuss her stadium needs" until after the baseball strike is over -- and that the Stadium Task Force is "willing to wait for her." Brown: "Our concern is that we don't get the help we need to make the Bengals viable in Cincinnati for the long range. It's a concern we had a couple years ago when we started this process and I have to say we're more concerned now than we were then." Task Force member Ralph Michael said that Schott "was too consumed" with the strike to "discuss her ballpark needs." But Brown is "not convinced" that a stadium deal will happen. Brown: "We want to stay in Cincinnati and we want to get solutions to the problem, but I'm not going to kid myself that we will see any kind of solution" (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/15).
The Seattle Chamber of Commerce "endorsed the idea" of building a new stadium for the Mariners through a "combination of public and private funds." The Chamber's board claims that this combination would be the "best, most realistic way to finance and develop a 45,000-seat stadium configured for baseball" (Seattle POST-INTELLIGENCER, 2/15).
The Cleveland City Council Monday "asserted its dominion" over three groups who are trying to determine how to pay for renovations for Cleveland Stadium. The council warned the three groups -- the Browns, Mayor Michael White, and a "committee of corporate bigwigs" -- "that as long as the city owns the stadium," the council will be the only one who will decide "how and whether to renovate to keep the Browns." While many council members support renovation, they said "they must view the project in a broader context" including the need to support schools, neighborhoods and other services (Stephen Koff, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 2/14).