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MIAMI SPORTS FAMILIES FIGHTING OVER HEAT'S LEASE
Published March 10, 1995
Heat Owner Micky Arison has reached an agreement with the city of Miami to extend the team's lease by two years to 2000, while he "looks for a new downtown site." However, arena manager Leisure Management Int'l, half-owned by Marlins/Dolphins/Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga, said it "will reject the proposed lease." Arison believes this "is a big conflict of interest," because Huizenga plans to build a new arena for the Panthers and would like the Heat as a tenant. Arison: "The city of Miami's arena is being run by someone who says he plans to build an arena in Fort Lauderdale." Miami Mayor Stephen Clark has agreed to the extension. The city owns the land, and one of its agencies, the Miami Sports and Exposition Authority, owns the arena. Leisure Management's Rob Franklin said Huizenga "has no role in these negotiations" (Ted Reed, MIAMI HERALD, 3/10).