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With all of the changes that the Oakland Coliseum is undergoing now that the Raiders are back, 49ers President Carmen Policy claims he wants a new stadium, according to Ira Miller in today's SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. Policy: "I think it's a sin for us to subject our fans to a stadium that's inferior to what Oakland has provided. That has now accelerated our obligation and our desire to get a new stadium." Miller notes, however, that the 49ers are "not threatening to leave the area." Policy: "Whatever we do, we're going to do in concert with the community. We're not going to be adversaries" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 9/1).
The Raptors' arena plans "have hit a snag" that will probably delay the start of construction past the Province's October 1 deadline and force the team to play an extra year at the SkyDome, according to Craig Daniels of the TORONTO SUN. The delay is being caused by four parties, including the SkyDome, who said they will appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) the zoning approval granted by the city in July. OMB COO Diana Marci said "it was impossible" to tell whether a formal hearing would be required without all necessary information. If any party requires a hearing, it's "unlikely" the Raptors will have the foundation poured before October 1. Missing the deadline would force the team to pay the Province a $1M penalty (TORONTO SUN, 9/1).
The WI Legislature's search for Brewers stadium construction money alternatives "gained momentum" when Gov. Tommy Thompson told northern WI audiences they should favor stadium- supporting taxes that are imposed only on Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, according to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Legislators reportedly were already seeking financing alternatives before Thompson made his "stick it to 'em" remark about taxing the two counties. Thompson later apologized saying his "choice of words" stemmed from enthusiasm for keeping the Brewers. Financing alternatives include: Expand the 1/10 of 1% sales tax to two additional counties, Washington and Ozaukee, and discard the 1% room tax for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. 2) An additional cigarette tax of $.05/pack in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties, and $.02/pack statewide (AP/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/1).
TWA's naming rights deal for the new St. Louis dome was made official yesterday when it was announced that it will now be called the Trans World Dome. In addition to its name being used in promotions, event advertising and signage, TWA plans to launch a promotion called "Touchdown TWA" which will highlight the airline's destinations and award free tickets after the first Rams touchdown at every game. The airline also becomes the official airline of the Rams, and one of its aircraft will be painted in Rams colors (TWA). Terms of the deal are for $1.3M a year for 20 years with an option for renewal (WASHINGTON POST, 9/1).