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Published November 3, 2011
In K.C., Terez Paylor notes MLS Commissioner Don Garber yesterday "reaffirmed what was already known: that an All-Star Game or MLS Cup remains in Kansas City’s future." Garber said, "I think it’s just a matter of when -- certainly not if -- we bring some major MLS events to this market." However, when "pressed to give an answer on when an announcement would be made, Garber remained noncommittal" (K.C. STAR, 11/3).
NO HALT IN SIGHT: In Nashville, Nate Rau reported the Metro Sports Authority "could halt its $7.8 million in annual incentive payments for the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena by giving notice before the end of the year, but both parties say an extension of the lease agreement is more likely." Predators President Sean Henry said, "I would be shocked, and I haven’t thought much about it because the incentives are working. The building is the fourth busiest (arena in the nation)." According to an initial agenda, the Metro board "had planned to discuss the termination of the incentives at its Nov. 7 meeting" (Nashville TENNESSEEAN, 11/1).
SEEKING GROWTH: In London, Ed Hawkins reported EPL club Chelsea has "urged Hammersmith and Fulham council to enter 'prompt' discussions about the possibility of redeveloping Stamford Bridge." Chelsea has "failed in a bid to buy back the freehold of the ground from Chelsea Pitch Owners, a move that was seen as a sign of the club wanting to move to a new stadium." But the council said that it "wanted Chelsea to remain in the borough and would look at ways of increasing the capacity from 42,000." Chelsea is "unlikely to change their view about the importance of building a new stadium." The club is "keen to exploit increased naming rights and revenue from corporate boxes at a new ground" (LONDON TIMES, 11/2).
FREE FUN FOR EVERYONE: In Indianapolis, Chris Sikich reported the Super Bowl Host Committee last Friday "outlined plans to transform Downtown streets into a super-village of fun and entertainment that includes zip-line rides, a turf field for competitions and two concert stages." But details on the Super Bowl Village, "which will be open from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, offered the highlight." Most of the entertainment in the village will be free (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/29).