MIAMI SPORTS FAMILIES FIGHTING OVER HEAT'S LEASE
Heat Owner Micky Arison has reached an agreement with the
city of Miami to extend the team's lease by two years to 2000,
while he "looks for a new downtown site." However, arena manager
Leisure Management Int'l, half-owned by Marlins/Dolphins/Panthers
Owner Wayne Huizenga, said it "will reject the proposed lease."
Arison believes this "is a big conflict of interest," because
Huizenga plans to build a new arena for the Panthers and would
like the Heat as a tenant. Arison: "The city of Miami's arena is
being run by someone who says he plans to build an arena in Fort
Lauderdale." Miami Mayor Stephen Clark has agreed to the
extension. The city owns the land, and one of its agencies, the
Miami Sports and Exposition Authority, owns the arena. Leisure
Management's Rob Franklin said Huizenga "has no role in these
negotiations" (Ted Reed, MIAMI HERALD, 3/10).