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PAYNE PAINTS A POSITIVE PICTURE
Published July 14, 1995
ACOG President & CEO Billy Payne is interviewed in today's WALL STREET JOURNAL. On construction schedules and finances: "We're going to raise the amount of money -- $1.6B -- we said we would raise four years ago ... when nobody believed us." Payne, on the prospect of a surplus: "Now, if you allow me to reframe the question -- what's the extent of a cash reserve even beyond that amount [the $550M paid up front by the community]? -- we would hope there would be a small one, certainly." Payne said ticket sales were "good": "I don't want to quantify it. [But] it's been gratifying to see people really interested in some sports we historically would have considered 'lesser' sports [baseball, beach volleyball]." On concerns about marketplace "clutter" from the number of sponsors: "They're all category exclusive. ... While I am certain that every sponsor would wish there were only one or two others, I think category exclusivity is eminently more important than the number of sponsors" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/14)