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Red Wings Looking To Renegotiate
Short-Term Lease For Joe Louis Arena
TOUGH CLIMATE FOR NEW ARENA: In Detroit, Drew Sharp wrote the Red Wings "made the correct decision in not renewing their 30-year Joe Louis Arena lease," as Ilitch "knows he cannot squeeze any more revenue out of the Joe." But Detroit's "shrinking automotive footprint makes support for a new Wings arena more difficult because the city, county and state have far more pressing concerns than funneling public funds into a lavishly equipped money-printing machine" for Ilitch. The "downsized local economy also makes it difficult for four teams to flourish financially in four separate facilities," as there "isn't sufficient corporate backing to buy those premium seats and lease those luxury suites with a recalibrated General Motors and Chrysler and the loss of local satellite industries such as suppliers." Sharp: "The problem is that the only way the new, lower-scaled Detroit economy could support a new arena would be by snatching money from another team -- perhaps Ilitch's own Tigers at Comerica Park" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 6/28).
Yankees Inviting Some Ticket Holders
To Give Feedback On New Ballpark
CROWDED MARKET: In N.Y., Charles Bagli reports "those who study sporting facilities say empty seats may become even more commonplace" in N.Y. as the city "faces a glut of sports arenas." Four existing venues, plus the planned Barclays Center in Brooklyn, "will soon be slugging it out within an area 30 miles wide." Univ. of Michigan sports management professor Mark Rosentraub: "Five arenas is not going to work. I don't think four works, even in a market as large as New York" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/29).
NASCAR Claiming Milwaukee Mile
Promoter Owes It $1.8M For Two Races
PAYMENT PLAN: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reported the IRL is "still seeking all of its money from" Wisconsin Motorsports for the May 31 ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Indy 225 at Milwaukee Mile. IRL Commercial Division President Terry Angstadt "confirmed it's an issue his staff is 'working through.'" Angstadt: "We're working on a (payment) plan; I think that's the best way to put it" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/28).
AEG Working On One Of Largest Ticket-Refund
Programs In History Following Jackson's Death
Poll Shows Majority Of Respondents Oppose
Committing Tax Money To Build Rays Ballpark
NEW NEIGHBORS: In Seattle, Levi Pulkkinen reported a decision issued Friday by King County (WA) Superior Court Judge John Erlick "cleared the way for a proposed Deja Vu strip club" near Safeco Field. Erlick "found that the City of Seattle did not err in permitting the proposed" club over "objections of the Seattle Mariners." Erlick "rejected the Mariners assertion that the City Council meant to keep strip clubs at least 800 feet away from 'areas where children congregate' or sports arenas," language that is "absent from the city ordinance drafted after Seattle's wholesale ban on new strip clubs was rejected as unconstitutional." Mariners Exec VP/Governmental Affairs Bart Waldman said that opponents of the club will "decide in coming days whether to appeal Erlick's ruling" (SEATTLEPI.com, 6/26).
HEFTY TAB: In Milwaukee, Don Walker reported Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation engineers Friday met with Miller Park stadium district officials to “discuss short- and long-term solutions to what permitted the accumulation of as much as 6 feet of water on the roadway” outside the facility on June 19, resulting in a flood that inundated the ballpark's service level. Sources said that the final damage estimates will be in excess of $1M and “probably many millions more.” Meanwhile, the Brewers Friday announced that “between 6,000 and 7,000 of the Jason Kendall bobblehead doll giveaways” for yesterday’s game against the Giants were damaged in the flood and "have been reordered." The team said that fans who do not receive the item will "receive a voucher to get a replacement as soon as they become available" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/27).