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As a gesture to the "inconveniences" at Saturday's Preakness, the MD Jockey Club will offer a number of perks to racing fans on Belmont Stakes day June 6, including free grandstand admission, free grandstand and clubhouse parking, free programs and half-price concessions, exclusive of alcohol and tobacco (Baltimore SUN, 5/20)....Kaleidoscope Sports & Entertainment will handle marketing, sponsorship sales, event management, tournament operations, hospitality services and PR for the fifth annual Jackie Robinson Foundation Invitational Golf Classic at the Wilshire Country Club in L.A. on August 17 (KS&E).
S.F. Mayor Willie Brown "wants to lay claim" to the X Games, and "is pulling out all stops to land" them in his city in '99 and 2000, according to Chuck Finnie of the S.F. EXAMINER. Brown said the X Games are "what the young people are into. Skateboarding, rock climbing, oddball sports that attract people from all over the world." Brown named Kofi Bonner, his chief economic advisor, to work with police and city officials to "whip together a formal bid" for the games by next month. Other cities in the running to host the next two Summer X Games include St. Petersburg, Providence, Denver and Seattle (S.F. EXAMINER, 5/19).
NHL Senior VP Steve Solomon told Bill Halls of the DETROIT NEWS that the league's new deal with Mentmore Holdings to build ice and in-line rinks nationwide is a "combination of research and our instinct. It became clear that there is a need for ice time and there is not a sufficient amount of ice." The league has been "pleased with public response" to the first ice rink, in Birch Run, MI, and plans to build 100 rinks around the U.S. Birch Run Manager Greg Scott: "We have people who drive an hour and a half to two hours all the time. In fact, we've had people drives as many as seven hours to come here. It's in use from 6 a.m. to midnight every day" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/21).