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The proposed Bucs stadium tax suffered a serious blow in the FL Senate that "ultimately could kill a deal to keep the team in Tampa," according to this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE. A Senate panel rejected a measure allowing Hillsborough County residents to vote on a rental car tax to raise up to $8M a year toward the new $168M stadium. Instead, the committee amended the bill to allow a property tax increase, which local leaders believe would be "soundly defeated at the polls." Bucs Exec VP Joel Glazer, son of Owner Malcolm Glazer, called the move "very disappointing," but added there was still time left in the session. The original bill could still pass on the Senate through amendments, but sponsor John Grant called that "nearly impossible." Asked about the city's next move, Tampa Mayor Dick Greco: "Help them pack" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/23).
Though January's formal proposal for the Tigers' new, 42,000-seat stadium included 65 private suites, the team is now considering increasing that number to 70-75 suites, according to Robert Ankeny of CRAIN's DETROIT BUSINESS. Tigers Vice President Dave Glazier says a phone campaign to solicit luxury box candidates will begin in 30 days, but the team is getting a healthy amount of interest from the business community (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 4/15 issue).
Senior VA lawmakers supported proposals for a mix of regional tax increases to pay for most of a new $250M Northern VA ballpark. Proposals included raising local sales and rental car taxes or taxes on wine and liquor sales, as well as levying a 10% surcharge on baseball tickets. The special committee has until July 1 to form a financing plan on a new facility (WASHINGTON POST, 4/23).