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CITY COUNCIL WANTS NFL, BROWNS OWNER TO PAY FOR OVERRUNS

          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).

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