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CITY COUNCIL WANTS NFL, BROWNS OWNER TO PAY FOR OVERRUNS
Published April 23, 1998
Cleveland City Council members say that the NFL and the new owner the Browns "should pay for stadium overruns" now estimated at $13-23M, according to Alison Grant of the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER. Council members, in a resolution Monday night, "urged" Cleveland Mayor Michael White to negotiate with the league and the Browns' future owner and "to take responsibility for costs that exceed" $248M, the final price at which White pegged the project last year. The resolution sponsored by 14 city council members "is an appeal, but the league and new owner are under no mandate to abide by it." White's press secretary said the mayor would take the matter "under advisement." NFL VP/Communications Greg Aiello: "[W]e have been actively working with the city to manage stadium costs efficiently. We are confident this issue, and all others, will be resolved fairly at the proper time and in the proper form" (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 4/22).