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Published January 9, 2014
OHIO PLAYERS: In Cleveland, Mark Naymik noted the Indians and Cavaliers "each have a long list of needed repairs and proposed improvements for their publicly-owned homes." But the teams "are not sharing the information just yet." The teams' lack of disclosure is "disgraceful when you consider that the teams and corporate leaders are asking taxpayers to cover these yet-to-be defined costs" via a sin tax. This is "like a mechanic asking you to agree to pay for car repairs and improvements before you receive an estimate" (CLEVELAND.com, 1/8).
THE 12TH MAN: Seahawks VP/Technology Chip Suttles said of expanded Wi-Fi capabilities at CenturyLink Field, "We're trying to roll it out by the 2015 season. It will be full WiFi for the whole stadium. Let's just say it costs more than $3 million." He added, "I've been to Gillette and AT&T stadiums and I've seen their installations. We're trying to accomplish what they have. ... We are currently looking for (corporate) sponsorship on the WiFi" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 1/6).