A task force convened by OH Gov. George Voinovich will begin
work March 1 to determine the best way to fund new stadiums and
"repair existing ones" in the state. In preparation, Voinovich
staffers are "collecting material from cities nationwide with new
arenas, stadiums, and ballparks to study what creative methods
were used to finance the facilities" -- including Baltimore where
lottery tickets were used to finance Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Voinovich has previously rejected any lottery funding. Voinovich
Press Secretary Mike Dawson: "It doesn't mean we're supporting a
specific position. It just means we're going to look at
everything." Bengals GM Mike Brown and Browns owner Art Modell
have urged Voinovich to consider a lottery (Richard Green,
CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/25).
SCHOTT EYES NEW STADIUM SITE: Reds Owner Marge Schott has
asked HOK Sport to explore ways to link a new ballpark with
downtown (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/25).
Negotiations for a new Raiders stadium at Hollywood Park
have hit a "snag that could jeopardize" the project. Hollywood
Park CEO R.D. Hubbard has said "there will be no stadium unless
the NFL commits to at least three Super Bowls at the location."
Hubbard: "I'm very pessimistic at this time. The NFL has not
committed to what we feel we need to make the deal work."
Although the NFL has "publicly indicated that it would be willing
to help Los Angeles get a state-of-the-art stadium and offered
Super Bowls as a way to make it worth the effort, no formal
promise or plan has been made" (John Cherwa, L.A. TIMES, 2/24).
NFL Dir of Commun. Greg Aiello said "it's doubtful that the
league can guarantee Super Bowls for the Inglewood stadium," and
that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's promise of five Super Bowls
was good "only if the NFL financed its own stadium" (Bernie
Miklasz, ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 2/27).
The Univ. of South Florida is reportedly interested in
playing in a new stadium with the Buccaneers, according to
yesterday's TAMPA TRIBUNE. Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer "has made
it clear he wants his recent acqusition showcased in a new
stadium," preferably one ready for '97. If a new stadium is
built, USF President Betty Castor sees it as a possible venue for
USF's team, which school officials hope to field by '97 (Kevin
Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/26).