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NFL Giants, Jets May Take Legal Action Against Developer Of American Dream Project

Jets and Giants execs are worried the Dream project will create too much traffic
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority board's vote on Friday to "approve a revision to the master plan for American Dream Meadowlands may trigger the refiling of a lawsuit by the Giants and Jets," according to John Brennan of the Bergen RECORD. After five or six months of "hoping that the teams would announce a binding deal with incoming developer Triple Five that removes the specter of a lawsuit further delaying the project, the time apparently had come to move on." It seems that the teams "didn’t get wind of an expansion to the planned connector -- linking the new indoor water and amusement parks to the existing, multi-colored shopping-and-snowdome segment -- until after the tentative deal was in the works." Triple Five "understandably wants more 'pizzazz' at the site -- good for overall business, but will it create the very traffic problems the teams fear on game days?" The "egos on all sides here are considerable, and the level of trust has not always been high -- and that’s a potent cocktail." So do the teams "decide to go back to court now -- as a judge last summer told them they could, upon final approval by the board that came Friday -- or draw the line at the expanded connector should the sports authority also approve that down the road?" (NORTHJERSEY.com, 5/18).
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