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FROM THE CITY OF RED TAPE: MORE PROBLEMS FOR NEW DC ARENA
Published July 12, 1995
Robert Johnson, the President of Black Entertainment Television who had contested the District of Columbia's plans for an arena financed by Bullets/Capitals Owner Abe Pollin, "has taken legal action to halt the project," according to this morning's WASHINGTON POST. Johnson, who had "appeared to bow out" of the process last fall, filed a motion with DC's Board of Contract Appeals alleging that the city broke its rules on competitive bidding and seeking reimbursement for the $200,000 he spent preparing his unsuccesful bid (Haggerty/Fletcher, WASHINGTON POST, 7/12). A LOOK AT COOKE'S BOOKS: In his first public commets on the proposed 78,600-seat stadium in Prince George's County, MD, Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke said the project would generate more than $500M in tax revenue for the county and state over the next 30 years, with $141M to go toward paying off stadium bonds. While sources said Cooke has been contacted about moving to L.A., he said he is "dedicated" to the MD site (Neal/Abramowitz, WASHINGTON POST, 7/12).