SBD/Issue 84/Events & Attractions

Wide Receivers: Houston Mayor, 9 Council Members Take SB Tix

Mayor White Among Those
Accepting A Free Ticket

Houston Mayor Bill White and nine of 14 Houston City 7Council members will attend Super Bowl XXXVIII "free of charge after agreeing to spend a specified number of hours promoting Houston to visiting convention planners and other guests," according to Sallee & Schwartz of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Some council members who refused the offer of two tickets each from the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau said that "legal or not, accepting free tickets to such a costly and exclusive event might not sit well with voters." Council member Michael Berry: "My concern is it doesn't pass the smell test." But Council member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs will attend and said, "I call it work. My goal is to be supportive of the city and to represent the city in the very best light" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/21). Meanwhile. Dallas County Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield said yesterday that he "would not accept free Super Bowl tickets because they belong to a law firm that has lobbied for a new taxpayer-financed stadium for the" Cowboys. In Dallas, Dave Michaels notes Mayfield accepted the two tickets last week, but after speaking with Cowboys attorney Mike Baggett, he "learned that Mr. Baggett's law firm owns the tickets." Baggett originally believed the tickets belonged to the Houston Super Bowl Committee (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/21).

PARTY CENTRAL: In Houston, Clifford Pugh reports the Houston Super Bowl Committee is "throwing a big four-day party downtown during Super Bowl week, and it's free." Dubbed the "Main Event," the event is expected to draw over 100,000 people with performances by K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Los Lobos and the Neville Brothers among its 36 musical acts (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/21).

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