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WAR OF WORDS HAS BEARS STADIUM PLAN IN DEEP HIBERNATION
Published December 8, 1995
Talks have "temporarily" broken off in Chicago on Mayor Richard Daley's $156M Soldier Field renovation effort, with team and city officials calling each other "liars" yesterday, according to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. One Bears official said, "If you want to gauge the mood, you'd have to say things have hit rock bottom." John Kass reports the "unraveling" began at a WMAQ-AM radio taping when Daley's stadium point man, Ed Bedore, demanded a public apology from Bears stadium point man, team VP/Operations Ted Philips, for his comment that Daley suffered from "verbal diarrhea" for charging the Bears want new taxes to guarantee profits. Bears officials have declined to issue an apology and say they simply requested the city consider "creative financing" methods to reduce construction debt and leave more annual stadium revenues for the Bears. There was a negotiating session scheduled for today, but Bedore said the Bears cancelled over Daley's accusations (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/8). BEARS STATEMENT: Philips issued a statement saying the Bears thought talks would be "kept private," and that the city's inability to do so "seriously hampered" progress. On taxes, Philips said, "It is extremely disappointing to hear continued inaccurate statements from City Hall, particularly blatant misrepresentations that the Bears are seeking guaranteed profits. ... We are only looking at stadium revenues comparable to every other new NFL stadium" (Bears).