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CUOMO COULD BE INCLUDED IN STEINBRENNER STADIUM BRAINTRUST
Published May 1, 1998
"Concerned about the intense political maneuvering over whether -- and where -- to build a new stadium" for the Yankees, team Owner George Steinbrenner will not make a decision about the ball club's future home until after the baseball season ends, according to Barry & Bagli of the N.Y. TIMES. In addition, Steinbrenner's advisors say that he "has been talking to" former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo about joining an advisory panel "to help him determine his next step." Steinbrenner is also said to be "courting" Coopers & Lybrand and HOK Sports Facilities Group. Barry & Bagli: "Executives close to Steinbrenner said that while the Yankees organization appreciated the efforts of [NYC Mayor Rudy] Giuliani to keep the team in New York City, it had become concerned with the furor surrounding the mayor's proposal that city tax money be used to help finance a new stadium." Those close to the negotiations said that Steinbrenner "wanted to remove the Yankees entirely from the politically charged atmosphere" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/1). BOSSMAN COMETH? In NJ, Mike Kelly wrote that friends say that while Steinbrenner is "inclined to move his team" to a new stadium in NJ, "he is acutely aware of what such a move would do to his place in baseball history." Kelly added that over 60% of Yankee fans now come from NJ and Rockland and Westchester, NY, Counties (RECORD, 4/30).