SBD/Issue 181/Facilities & Venues

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Corzine Says Prohibition On Sports
Betting In Some States Is Unfair
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said that he "will seek to join" state Sen. Ray Lesniak's "legal battle to allow sports betting in New Jersey." Corzine in a statement said, "The federal government's prohibition on sports betting for some but not all states is fundamentally unfair. There should be uniformity in the application of federal law. If one state is allowed to legalize betting on sports events, all states should be allowed the same opportunity." More Corzine: "Delaware's entry into sports wagering and table games is a serious threat to both the casino and horse racing industries in New Jersey. We simply cannot afford to sit back and let neighboring states press an unfair advantage against us anytime, and certainly not in the midst of this global economic crisis." In Newark, Mary Fuchs noted both Lesniak and Corzine have said that as much as $100M "could be generated annually from sports bets" through the state's 8% tax on gaming revenue (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 6/6).

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: GOAL.com's Peter Pedroncelli reported Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province "became the first newly-built venue to be officially opened for the 2010 FIFA World Cup." South Africa 2010 World Cup CEO Dr. Danny Jordaan: "This brings to five the number of 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums now complete a year to go to the event." Pedroncelli noted "eight games, including a third- and fourth-place playoff and a quarter-final, will take place at the 48,000-capacity" stadium during next year's tournament" (GOAL.com, 6/8).

SPANISH GOLD: In Toronto, Daniel Girard notes Toronto FC (TFC) for its match against Real Madrid on August 7 at BMO Field will charge $140-215 per ticket, compared to a range of $23-180 per ticket for regular season MLS games. But TFC season-ticket holders "will be able to buy tickets at discounted prices, starting at $125." TFC also is "spending nearly $250,000 to put down temporary grass over the stadium's Field Turf" for the game (TORONTO STAR, 6/9).

ARLINGTON ROAD: A FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM editorial states Saturday's opening of Cowboys Stadium "went very well." But why did "some of the entertainers welcome the 60,000-member audience to Dallas? Why did the announcer welcome them to Texas Stadium, the home the Cowboys left, which is in Irving?" Arlington residents "should get that marketing boost for their city." People, including entertainers, who come to the stadium "should be reminded where they are." Whoever is in "charge of the details must make sure of that." Dallas "shunned the project," while Arlington "welcomed it." Arlington "deserves the credit" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/9).

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