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Escondido Mayor Says City Does Not
Want To Compete Against San Diego
WELCOME NEWS: A SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE editorial states, "We heartily welcome the resumption of conversations between San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Chargers President Dean Spanos about building a new National Football League stadium downtown near Petco Park." Majestic Realty reps "have made it clear that if a stadium is built" in City of Industry, the Chargers "will be among the NFL franchises they will woo." The editorial: "It would be a painful loss if the team ultimately accepted the promise of greater revenue from a 21st-century stadium in L.A. or elsewhere" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/11).
New Amway Center Scoreboard Will Contain
9 Million LEDS, Weigh About 40 Tons
MRC Officials Say Possible Slots Revenue Could
Result In Increased Purses In Latter Half Of '10
COURT REPORT: In Baltimore, Hanah Cho reports former Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course co-Owner Joseph De Francis is "fighting to keep intact a profit-sharing agreement that would split any potential slots proceeds with the racetracks' bankrupt owner, Magna Entertainment Corp." Attorneys for De Francis last week "initiated an adversary proceeding, or the bankruptcy court equivalent of a civil lawsuit, asking a federal bankruptcy judge to reject Magna's request to terminate the profit-sharing deal with De Francis and other former owners" (Baltimore SUN, 11/11).
DREAMING BIG: In Albany, Tim Wilkin reported Gulfstream Park President & GM Ken Dunn "would like to see" Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta "run against each other" at the track, which is located in Hallandale Beach, Florida, in the February 6 Donn Handicap. The race "would be run a day before the Super Bowl" at Dolphin Stadium. Dunn: "Can you imagine the coverage that this event, and this sport, would receive, with the world's sporting media in town for the next day's Super Bowl only 10 miles down the road?" (TIMESUNION.com, 11/10).
Sales-Tax Collections For Miller Park
Stadium Expected To Stay Flat In '10
MONEY MATTERS: In Indianapolis, Scott Olson reported it is "still unclear" whether the city's Capital Improvement Board (CIB) will absorb $15M next year in Conseco Fieldhouse operating costs. A "provision that allows the Pacers to renegotiate their lease after 10 years could trigger the additional cost, in order to keep the team in the city." CIB VP Pat Early said that an agreement has "yet to be reached, although CIB officials continue to negotiate with the team." Early: "One way or another, that may require money we don't have in the budget" (IBJ.com, 11/9).
RAISE THE ROOF: London's Olympic Delivery Authority Chair John Armitt confirmed that the "stingray-shaped roof of the 2012 Olympics aquatics centre was set in place" today. The 160-meter aquatics center roof "will form part of the entrance to London's Olympic Park." It is "expected that the centre, which will cost around" US$416M, "will be completed in the summer of 2011, leaving a year for testing and trial events" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 11/11).