A meeting between the Hawks and Atlanta city officialsyesterday to discuss the possibility of a new downtown arena was"productive," according to both sides. The Hawks have said theywant to leave the Omni and "relocate to a modern arena" with moreluxury boxes in the suburbs. The city, however, would like tokeep the team downtown. Turner Broadcasting VP William Shaw saidTBS Chair/Hawks Owner Ted Turner "is a big supporter of the cityand, all things equal, he'd like to stay in the city." A "fewpossible" Atlanta sites are being explored, but "no specificproposal" was made (Saporta & Unger, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/29).
The Meadowlands, which will host the Final Four in '96,
"figures to be the last 'small' facility to host the men's event
in the foreseeable future," according to Michael Dobie of N.Y.
NEWSDAY. In the piece, Dobie notes the many "pros" and "cons" of
holding the event at the Meadowlands. Among the pros, "Boon for
hotels, limos, stores and restaurants," and the "Media capital of
the world." Michael Rowe, Exec VP & GM of Meadowlands Arena and
Giants Stadium: "We've been told things are going terrific. We
meet with the [NCAA Tournament] committee every day. I don't
think anybody has any concern" (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 3/28).
A bill designed "to expand the use of a 1-cent local option
tourist development tax" for either a renovation of Tampa Stadium
or the construction of a new facility "won swift approval"
yesterday from a state House subcommittee. The law, which was
designed to help attract new teams to FL, allows local sports
authorities "to keep a percentage of the sales tax they collect
at sporting events" (Lucy Morgan, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 3/29).
They can then use the money to help build new facilities or
refurbish old ones. According to state Rep. Jim Davis, passage
"is critical" if Tampa Bay football fans hope to keep Bucs Owner
Malcolm Glazer from moving (Phil Willon, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/29).