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Published February 24, 2011
HOOP DREAMS: In Washington, John McGrath noted former state Sen. and ICP Solar Technologies BOD member Larry Faulk “envisions an NBA team in the Tacoma Dome district.” Faulk in a letter to NBA Commissioner David Stern “outlined his plan of using $300 million in state bonds for the construction of a $200 million basketball arena, devoting the remaining funds to such projects as the LeMay car museum, a new Museum of Flight in Tacoma, and the renovations of the old city hall building and the Winthrop Hotel.” The NBA responded “with a letter from a lawyer noting that no team is for sale and, in any case, an arena built in the $200 million range doesn’t cut the mustard” (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 2/23).
OFF TO THE RACES: In San Antonio, Mike Haag noted days after Super Bowl XLV, Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials partnered with the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower and “offered displaced Super Bowl fans the chance to receive free tickets for the upcoming March 4-6 NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas.” Officials said that “34 fans took advantage of the speedway’s offer and all of their names were placed in a random drawing to win airfare and three nights of accommodations at the Stratosphere as well” (MYSANANTONIO.com, 2/23).