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NFL Taking No Action This Season
Regarding Cowboys Stadium's Video Board
TWITTER REAX: SI’s Peter King: “Jerry Jones wins staredown over videoboard. NFL now set up for Tropicana Field-like ground rules for new stadium. Bad decision.” SI’s Don Banks: “Disagree with P. King's assessment of Cowboys videoboard-gate. Thought it was the way NFL would go: 1 yr. assessment to see how much impact. … Could be that only 2-3 punts hit the board all year. One-year ground rule doesn't have to be treated like a threat to sanctity of the game.” SI's Arash Markazi: “The day that video board adversely effects the Cowboys on the field is the day that Jerry Jones will raise it.”
FILLED TO CAPACITY: In Dallas, Jeff Mosier notes the NFL for Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in '11 is "projecting that it could have about 93,200 seated inside the stadium and another 10,000 outside in the plazas." Attendance for the game could "get close" to the Super Bowl-record 103,985 fans who attended Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl. NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz said the league is "taking the stadium and going layer by layer to decide what each space will do." Meanwhile, the September 5 Oklahoma-BYU college football game at the stadium sold out, but new $25 tickets, or "Spirit Passes" that are "similar to the Cowboys' standing-room-only Party Pass," are now available (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/28).
Katz's Project Calls For New 18,000-20,000-
Seat Rink For Oilers, Linked Practice Facility
Twins Want To Schedule Workout At
Unfinished Target Field Next Month
OLYMPIC TRIALS: The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin noted the proposed Capitals-Canadiens game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium was scrapped because the "sightlines for fans and TV were problematic in the vast shell of its interior." Trying to "install and position the rink would require up to a week at a time of the year when" the CFL Alouettes "might need the space." One TV source said that he is "just as glad" the idea was dropped. The source said of Olympic Stadium, "The place is just filthy. Really, it's not a pleasant place to go any more" (GLOBESPORTS.com, 8/26).
Plans Reportedly In Progress To Make DEI's
Shop Into "Graceland For NASCAR Fans"
BEHIND THESE HAZEL EYES: In St. Paul, Charley Walters reports it "appears Hazeltine National achieved its projected" $2M profit from the PGA Championship, though final numbers are not yet available. Meanwhile, the Hazeltine BOD this week approved a $14M project that "will result in a new clubhouse, greens and fairways." The clubhouse "will be demolished near the end of September, and construction will begin on a replacement" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/28).