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STARS REFUSE LEASE -- RELATIONSHIP WITH CITY WORSENS
Published February 28, 1995
The Stars "angrily refused" to sign a lease with the city of Dallas yesterday, as the team's "contentious relationship" with the city "took another turn for the worse." City officials had given the team until yesterday to sign a "formal lease" to continue playing at Reunion Arena. But Stars President Jim Lites sent a letter to Dallas City Manager John Ware saying that "the city's offer fell short of what the team had been promised" when it moved city from Minneapolis in '93. According to Lites, the city promised the team "the same rights and provisions held by the Mavericks." But in the latest offer, the Stars "would have far less favorable dates for nongame events; a smaller-than- promised space for offices and a club; and would be forced to install costly adjustable platforms" to alter the seating configuration, which Lites said are unnecessary (Christopher Ave, FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, 2/28).