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The following is a transcript of a paid political ad from Citizens For A New Stadium which is running on local Denver TV. TITLE: "Colorado Traditions." AGENCY: CO-based Barnhart CMI. LENGTH: 30-seconds. The spot opens with the tag "A Special Place" on screen, over a fall scene of colored trees. Broncos QB John Elway, in plain clothing, standing among the trees says, "Colorado is a special place to live and raise a family. We have a long tradition of investing in things that keep the region special and the Denver Broncos are a big part of it all." The spot then cuts to shots of Broncos players at charity events. Elway: "Helping with local charities, spending time with deserving kids." Cut back to Elway near trees: "We can continue the tradition by investing in a new stadium, without any new taxes. It's the best solution for everyone." As the tag "Vote Yes on 4A. We All Win!" is displayed, Elway says, "That's why I'm asking you to vote 'yes' for a new stadium. It's about keeping the Denver area special" (THE DAILY).
In Boston, Peter Gammons wrote on the "huge" off-season facing Red Sox CEO John Harrington: "He has to get this ballpark thing squared away; those in the political circle believe he has blundered, and those in the development circle wonder about his ability to make a decision. He has to use every possible Disney/Fox rivalry to get meaningful TV dollars" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/1)....The conservative think tank, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, filed suit against the Regional Asset District Board to stop plans to partly finance two sports facilities in Pittsburgh. The suit claims the board "lacked the authority" to commit public funding toward the facilities (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/2)....The city of Cleveland has awarded SD-based Daktronics a $13.5M contract for two "giant scoreboards" at the new Browns stadium. The video boards will be 94 feet by 27 feet and have light-emitting diodes which gives a "sharper, more intense image" (PLAIN DEALER, 10/29).
A CINCINNATI POST/WCPO-TV poll shows that Cincinnati's riverfront "is the preferred location for a new Reds ballpark by an overwhelming margin of more than 2 to 1," according to Ken Wilson of the CINCINNATI POST. The poll of 411 registered Hamilton County voters found that 55% favor the riverfront, 26% favor Broadway Commons downtown, 16% are undecided and 4% won't vote on the issue. It shows "broad support for the riverfront site both inside and outside of the city of Cincinnati and across nearly all age, racial and income groups." The only segment where Broadway Commons has strong support is among those with income of $75,000 or more. Broadway supporters called the poll "unscientific and without merit." The Reds have been "adamantly opposed" to any site other than the riverfront (CINCINNATI POST, 10/31).