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DC Council Questions Validity
Of Gandhi’s Ballpark Estimates
Tagliabue In Minnesota To Drum Up
Support For New Vikings Stadium
POLITICAL OBSTACLES: In St. Paul, Sid Hartman reports Minnesota House Majority Leader Steve Swiggum and Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson said that there “was no chance the State Legislature would offer the Vikings” the same $7M per year they are going to contribute toward a Univ. of Minnesota football stadium, “which has priority because the university is owned by the state.” Swiggum and Johnson added that the school’s football stadium “currently was the No. 1 priority, followed by the Twins. And they didn’t give much hope of a Vikings stadium bill this year” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7). NFL Network’s Derrin Horton noted Pawlenty said that “the chances for a Vikings stadium bill to pass this year are remote.” Horton quoted Pawlenty as saying, “Don’t plan on the state helping, ... at least not soon” (“NFL Total Access,” 4/6).
Politicians Do Not Have Much Hope For Vikings Funding Passing This Year
FOWLED UP: The STAR TRIBUNE’s Weiner reports Tagliabue spoke “in vague terms” about Reggie Fowler bid to buy the Vikings. Tagliabue: “We’re not looking at whether the person is qualified. We’re looking at whether the committed financial arrangements can be concluded or not.” Tagliabue added of the stadium situation, “We’re in a bit of limbo until we determine who is the owner going forward” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/7). More Tagliabue: “I believe that Fowler might have the assets, but he hasn’t done a very good job of putting it all together” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7). Tagliabue added of Fowler’s bid, “We said at the outset when this was announced in mid-February that we expected the approval process to take 60 to 90 days, and I think we’re still well within those parameters” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7).
The Missouri state Senate yesterday approved a plan “to divert about $20[M] a year in taxes paid by out-of-state athletes and entertainers to help fund sports stadiums” in the state, according to Terry Ganey of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The taxes would be “divided up among cultural institutions, libraries, public television, historic preservation and sports venues.” The plan is “expected to generate” $34M by ’09. Senate Majority Leader Charles Shields said that the money does not “go to any sports team but to the publicly owned facilities where those teams play,” and added that the funds “would be used to offset state money that already goes to facilities in” St. Louis and K.C. Ganey notes the bill would distribute funds to the Edward Jones Dome, the refurbishing of the Kiel Opera House and the proposed Ballpark Village around the new Cardinals ballpark, as well as the K.C. Sports Authority, which maintains stadiums for the Royals and Chiefs (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/7). Sports authorities and other entities “would get a share proportional to what they collect when athletes or entertainers visit the area.” The bill now goes to the state House (Kelly Wiese, AP, 4/7).
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In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette reported the Gator Bowl Association is planning to ask the Jacksonville City Council for a ten-year extension of its lease agreement at Alltel Stadium. But a “potential hitch ... is a year-long dispute” with the Jaguars over signage at the venue. An amendment to the Jaguars’ lease “gave the team year-round control of the advertising signage (ribbon boards), including all non-NFL events.” The Gator Bowl's current lease gives it exclusive advertising rights for its game, but those terms do not extend beyond the ‘06 game (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 4/6).
NOT RUNNING UP THE FLAG: Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning, whose track is owned by ISC, contacted ISC about a report that SMI Chair Bruton Smith wants to buy the track and move its remaining race to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Browning: “They told me, ‘Hey, nothing to it, buddy.’ That was good enough for me” (AP, 4/6).