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SBD/Issue 40/Law & Politics
Decision 2006: Some Sports Venues’ Futures At Stake
Published November 7, 2006
|Kings Withdraw Support Of
OTHER VOTES: A SEATTLE TIMES editorial states the Sonics “are gone if Seattle voters pass Initiative 91, a misguided initiative requiring a professional sports team that has used taxpayer dollars for a stadium to create the same rate of return of a 30-year U.S. Treasury bond — about 5[%] — to the city.” The measure is a “bad business precedent that will have future implications on the Seahawks and Mariners” and “goes even further by allowing individuals to legally challenge any stadium deal” (SEATTLE TIMES, 11/5)....Voters in Johnson County (MO) will vote on a $75M soccer complex for the MLS Wizards (K.C. STAR, 11/5).
INDIRECT PROPORTIONS: In St. Paul, Dave Orrick notes the result of three contested seats in Anoka County — site of a proposed stadium for the Vikings — “could shift the balance from a stadium-friendly County Board to the opposite.” Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley: “In a sense, this is a referendum on the thing. We could wake up Wednesday ... and not have the votes that we need on the board” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/4)....Int’l Speedway Corp. (ISC) has proposed building an 81,500-seat track in Kitsap County (WA), and NASCAR SCENE’s Bob Pockrass notes in the state house and senate elections in the district that contains the site, “the three incumbents are leaning toward not supporting the ISC proposal.” Two of the three face opponents “who are more favorable toward it” (NASCAR SCENE, 11/2 issue).