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In an attempt to sway public opinion in favor of new stadium for the Browns and Redskins, MD Gov. Parris Glendening has "launched a campaign-like offensive" with his Cabinet, party and the Maryland Stadium Authority. According to this morning's WASHINGTON POST, Glendening says the "media blitz" is needed to "overcome misinformation" about stadium plans. To promote the plans, the governor and top aides have began "hitting radio and TV talk shows with arguments that the stadiums will generate substantially more money than they will cost" (Charles Babington, WASHINGTON POST, 2/6). The Greater Baltimore Committee has hired a pro-stadium lobbyist (Baltimore SUN, 2/6). REDSKINS VOTE TODAY: The Prince George's County Council "could give the green light today" to a MD stadium for the Redskins. Anti-stadium attorney Stan Brown said he would file for a preliminary injunction against the project before the end of the week if the Council passes the resolution (Gary Scheets, WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/6).
The Nashville Metro Council's Budget and Finance Committee approved a resolution for issuance of $80M in bonds to help finance a new stadium for the Oilers (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/5)....Three days after finalizing a deal to play at the Cow Palace next season, the Warriors resumed talks with Oakland officials Monday about rebuilding the Coliseum into a new 19,500- seat arena. A $100M construction program and team lease could be ready as early next week for review by the Oakland Alameda City Council (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/6)....Construction on Bruton Smith's $100M Texas Motor Speedway will not be completed until summer, but racing fans can tour the facility Sunday (FT. WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM, 2/5).
Under a plan being considered by Tampa officials, the city "would not sue the Bucs for moving if the drive for a new stadium fails." According to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE, that depends on the team working with stadium planners in an effort to gain approval from the Legislature for taxes to help pay for the $168M facility. If the Bucs were to cooperate and still no deal is reached, the team would be allowed to leave Tampa "without any legal reprisals." Thus far, the plan "has not been formally offered to the Bucs" and legislators continue to debate its merits. Hillsborough County Attorney Emeline Acton questioned the plan: "If all we'd be giving up is the right to sue to keep them here, that's one thing. If we give up our rights under contracts already in place, however, that's another." The Bucs' current deal with the Tampa Stadium Authority lasts four more seasons with a buyout clause allowing the team to pay $1.5M annually through the duration of the lease (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/5).