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NJSEA Spent Almost $1M To Secure Season
Tickets At New Meadowlands Stadium

BLOOMBERG NEWS' McNichol & Satariano reported the NJSEA "spent almost $1 million to lock up season tickets" for the Giants and Jets, seats that "will be used by VIPs including elected officials." The authority "secured 142 season passes" at New Meadowlands Stadium, and NJSEA VP/Public Affairs & Communications John Samerjan said that business partners, politicians and others associated with the NJSEA "will be able to buy the tickets from the authority, which plans a service fee to recoup costs." But New Jersey state Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono said, "These are the kind of shenanigans we need to guard against. It seems not only an unnecessary and unwise expense, but wholly inappropriate" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 5/27).

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: In Minneapolis, Steve Brandt reported the city and Hennepin County (MN) "may be on the cusp of a tax-sharing agreement that would allow the city to go ahead with new financing for Target Center's debt and citywide neighborhood programs." The city and county have "agreed to a deal in principle but have hung up on a clause the county wants: a cap of $180.1 million on the amount from the tax-increment proceeds, much of which would go toward the arena debt and neighborhood revitalization." A recommendation headed for the City Council "would have the city agree to the deal with the county cap but not agree with the county's right to require it" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/26).

THIS LANS IS MY LAND: The GLOBE & MAIL's David Naylor notes a proposed stadium at Lansdowne Park for Ottawa's CFL expansion team "boasts part of the stands built below ground, with a construction largely made from wood to reflect the city's history as a lumber town." The north-side stands "include a curved shape," and "will have first-rate amenities for fans and players." The city's "final vote on the stadium project and the overall redevelopment of the Lansdowne Park area, including retail, residential and service areas, is scheduled for June 28" (GLOBE & MAIL, 5/28).

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE? In Boston, Donna Goodison notes NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy has a "handshake deal with the Cronin Group to open a 200-seat" Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grill at Liberty Wharf, "the $43 million waterfront development in South Boston." The 5,000-square-foot restaurant "will be patterned after the larger Remy's that opened in March on Boylston Street, in the shadow of Fenway Park, with Sox memorabilia, huge high-def TVs and upscale comfort food" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/28).

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