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Published November 15, 2013
LAND GRAB: In Atlanta, Leon Stafford reported the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which will own the Falcons' new $1.2B stadium, will spend more than $1M to "buy a few remaining parcels needed for the project and acquire another through eminent-domain proceedings." The body on Tuesday agreed to "pay $800,000 and $434,000 for land owned by Callaway Foundation Inc., and Earl M. Leiffer respectively." Each "owns land of less than one-half acre on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at or near Mangum Street." The authority also "will pay $60,000 for a billboard on the Callaway property" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 11/14).
A TAXING SITUATION: ESPN's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday named the Jacksonville City Council as the "Worst Person in the Sports World," as it voted 14-2 to "authorize taxpayer-funded improvements" at EverBank Field. Olbermann said, "The city will now tax its hotel guests 2%. So it will pay for $43 million of the new $63 million scoreboard insisted upon by Owner Shahid Khan, instead of using -- you know -- $43 million on the city! Worse yet, the new scoreboard, expected to be the largest in the world, will show replays of Jaguars games" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 11/13).