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ARENA DISPUTE HEATING UP IN MIAMI: CITY PRIORITIZES
Published November 10, 1995
Miami city leaders met in an "emergency meeting" Wednesday and discussed ways to keep the Heat from leaving. Joanne Cavanaugh reports the city, which doesn't control the team's lease at Miami Arena, voted to try legal maneuvering to force the arena's operator to the negotiating table. The arena is operated by Leisure Management, 50% owned by Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga. City leaders charge a conflict of interest, since Huizenga is seeking a new arena in Broward County and the city's lease with Leisure prevents them from building a competing venue. Leisure officials deny a conflict, and say any competing facility would be built by another company. The city wants Leisure to extend the Heat's lease to make the seven-year-old facility more profitable for the team (MIAMI HERALD, 11/9).