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The Bears will not decide until December "at the earliest" or after January 1 whether to stay at renovated Soldier Field or move to Northern IN, according to this morning's CHICAGO SUN- TIMES. Bears VP Ted Phillips said a final decision would not be made until after the team has had a chance to review Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's plan to renovate Soldier Field and "compare it to a rival proposal" for a new stadium (Fran Spielman, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/24).
A two-cent hotel tax to raise money for a new arena in Ft. Lauderdale received support from all seven Broward County Commissioners yesterday, according to this morning's MIAMI HERALD. The HERALD's Tanfini & Rafinski report the "next hurdle" comes Thursday when Commissioner Suzanne Gunzburger will sound out hoteliers at a Tourist Development Council meeting. According to Dir Anne Martone, the Hotel Motel Association "opposes" the tax. In addition to support from innkeepers, Ft. Lauderdale City Manager George Hanbury said Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga "also must commit" to a $15M, 30-year lease at the arena, which would be built on FL Dept of Transportation parking lots at Broward Boulevard and Interstate 95 (MIAMI HERALD, 10/24).
"Hoping to revive the stalled talks" over a new Redskins stadium in suburban MD, Gov. Parris Glendening said yesterday Prince George's County Council Chair Anne MacKinnon would offer a $20M incentive plan to lure the team, according to today's WASHINGTON POST. Glendening said MacKinnon "had enough votes" to pass the plan. MacKinnon later "expressed confidence but was less definite than the governor," saying she's still working on building council consensus. Prince George's County Exec Wayne Curry, however, said "as far as he knew," the talks were "in the same place." Curry: "That's just people talking. The council can't act on whims." MacKinnon agreed that her plan was a "concession" to Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke (WASHINGTON POST, 10/24). In Baltimore, Morgan & Langfitt report that Glendening also said the state and county "have agreed to pay all" of the estimated $73M for infrastructure costs related to the stadium (Baltimore SUN, 10/24).
The Twins and the Metro Sports Facilities Commission announced yesterday that collectible items cut from the turf of the Metrodome used during their '87 and '91 World Series wins will be auctioned and sold to fund after-school activities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/24)....The MA House yesterday refused to appropriate $5M to study the costs of the proposed non-stadium convention center in Boston, making prospects of reviving the project this year, or even next, "appear bleak" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/24)....The latest issue of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS reports that the city's "revival" is to continue, transformations must take place for Cleveland Stadium and the Convention Center (10/23 issue).