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SBD/Issue 38/Sports & Society
Ohio Voters Approve Casinos; S.F. Passes Naming-Rights Measure
Published November 4, 2009
Ohio voters yesterday approved ballot Issue 3, allowing for the establishment of "four major casinos" in the state, including a "glitzy new one ... just across from Quicken Loans Arena," according to Reginald Fields of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati will be co-owned by Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert, and he has pledged that construction of the $600M facility in Cleveland "would begin no later than the second half of next year." Gilbert, who "declared victory shortly before midnight" at a party on the Cavaliers' practice court, said, "We're going to deliver something very special." However, Issue 3 opponents "are not ready to give up completely" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 11/4).
CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH: In S.F., Heather Knight reports Bay Area voters yesterday "overwhelmingly approved" Proposition C, which repeals a voter-approved '04 proposition requiring the 49ers' stadium to be named Candlestick Park. The team will now be able to sell stadium naming rights again, with 50% of the proceeds "received by the city going to fund directors at city recreation centers" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/4).