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Legislation For Cubs' Spring Training Complex
In Nashville, Brandon Gee reported the Predators and Bridgestone Americas are "being asked to respond to a rumor that Bridgestone plans to take over the naming rights" for Sommet Center. The Web site www.coolsprings.com in a blog entry Thursday reported that a Bridgestone official "registered 16 domain names last month with names such as BrigestoneCentre.com and BridgestoneTireArena.com." Predators Exec VP & CMO Derek Perez said that the team "has nothing to announce and would not respond to rumors." Bridgestone Exec Dir of Communications Dan MacDonald also "would not confirm or deny that the company and the hockey team are in discussions" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/8).
BET ON IT: New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak yesterday said that he "will ask top lawmakers to join him in a suit against a federal ban" on sports betting in the state, and a Senate committee yesterday "approved his proposed constitutional amendment to allow sports betting in the state." In Newark, Lisa Fleisher reports New Jersey voters "would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment to allow bets on professional sports" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/9).
Gov. Hopes To Grant Future Exemptions
Like One He Signed For Roski's Stadium
GREAT HONOR: In Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt reports the Brewers yesterday announced that they will honor MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who previously owned the team, "with a statue at Miller Park's Home Plate Plaza." Selig's statue, which will be unveiled in August, will join those of Baseball HOFers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount. Selig's statue "will measure more than 7 feet in height, not including the base." Haudricourt notes Selig "remains equally proud of his roles in bringing the Brewers to Milwaukee in 1970 and helping secure their future in the city by spearheading efforts to build Miller Park" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/9).
HOMER-FRIENDLY MOVE: In N.Y., Adam Rubin reports the "height of Citi Field's center-field wall will be sliced in half, making the ballpark more homer-friendly." The wall last season measured 16 feet "in front of the sparsely used Home Run Apple," and now, "with the second level of padding being removed, it will measure eight feet in the middle of the outfield." The ballpark's "spacious dimensions won't be altered" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/9).