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The Dallas Police Association (DPA) "urged voters Thursday to back Dallas' proposed sports arena, saying the facility will generate tax dollars to help the city pay for a better police force," according to Robert Ingrassia of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. But foes of the arena plan called the endorsement political "blackmail," noting that it came a day after Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk backed "one of the police group's top priorities: the construction of a new police headquarters building" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/9). JUST AN OVERSIGHT? In Dallas, Todd Gillman reports that a pro-arena group, Yes! For Dallas, "touts endorsements from all six living ex-mayors of Dallas," but in reality there are seven. Wallace Savage, age 85, who was Mayor from '49- 51, "expressed reservations about the deal" and said the arena group never contacted him. Yes! Treasurer John Carona: "With all due respect to Mr. Savage, I was unaware that he was still living" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/9). GOTV: Before next week's arena vote, Mavs players, coaches, dancers and the Mavs Man will sign autographs for an hour tomorrow at an area mall. Team partner Michael Johnson will also attend (STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/9).
Tulsa, OK-based Williams will unveil ChoiceSeat, an interactive, in-stadium sports entertainment network, at Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego. About 600 ChoiceSeat units will be installed at Qualcomm Stadium in individual seats, club lounges, media areas and suites. Fans can view live action from individual cameras in the stadium and on the field, watch replays from multiple angles and pull up statistics and other info. They can also select other video on-demand, play games and order merchandise (Williams). AD AGE reports that Williams is "currently in discussions with potential sponsors and advertisers as well as other team and stadium owners" on the ChoiceSeat plan (AD AGE, 1/9).