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A leader of one of the political campaigns that attempted to force a public vote on Sacramento’s arena plan for the NBA Kings on Thursday said that the group will "not appeal a judge’s ruling that struck the measure from the ballot." But the other group said that there is a "small chance it would pursue an appeal." Craig Powell of Voters for a Fair Arena Deal said that the decision "has been made not to appeal." However, Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork co-Founder Julian Camacho said that an appeal, while "unlikely, hasn’t been completely ruled out" (SACBEE.com, 2/27).

REBEL YELL: In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports the 11-member stadium panel at UNLV for the first time Thursday "began scratching the surface of ideas to pay for UNLV’s proposed football stadium and entertainment center." The members began "understanding the deft political touch it will take to raise public money for a stadium when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has launched its journey" toward its $2.5B Las Vegas Convention Center makeover project (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 2/28). 

WHERE TO PAHK THE CAH? In Boston, Callum Borchers reports Mayor Martin Walsh "may require" the Red Sox to "pay for the club’s longstanding use of a public street for VIP parking on game days, a move that would end decades of free use by the baseball team and void a late-term deal" signed by former Mayor Thomas Menino. The Red Sox in a statement "argued that reserving Van Ness Street for parking and foot traffic aids public safety, a position Menino backed in the past" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/28).

SILVER AND BLACK: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Lowell Cohn said of Raiders Owner Mark Davis telling the S.F. Chronicle the team cannot continue playing in O.co Coliseum, "He was attempting to give an ultimatum (to the city of Oakland) and it was the weakest ultimatum in the world history of ultimatums, from my point of view." Cohn said Davis has no leverage as the "Rams are the ones who already bought land in L.A. I don't even think they want the Raiders back in L.A." Cohn added, "One other thing when he says, 'We're only going to play one more year.' Where's he going to go? Do you know another stadium or another city that he can just get up and go to?" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 2/27).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: In Dallas, Eva-Marie Ayala reports Allen High School's Eagle Stadium -- a $60M "jewel rivaling college facilities -- may sit idle" next season "because of structural concerns." Officials "closed the stadium Thursday after extensive cracking and 'other potential problems in the structure' were found along the concourse level." They "declined to say what may be causing the cracks but said the issue was first discovered in August 2012, when the stadium opened, and has only gotten worse" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/28).
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