SEAHAWKS DEMAND $150M FOR KINGDOME; L.A. ON THEIR MINDS?
The Seahawks yesterday "demanded" more than $150M in
improvements for the Kingdome and a new lease similar to those
attained recently by the Rams and Raiders "as the price of their
support" for raising the King County sales tax to build a new
baseball stadium. In today's SEATTLE POST-INTELLEGENCER, Rebecca
Boren reports that the new demand "significantly upped the ante
for keeping the Seahawks in Seattle. And it threatens to blow
up" the campaign to raise the sales tax by .1% to build the
Mariners a retractable dome. The Seahawks have claimed for the
last past year that their lease with the Kingdome is invalid
because of the county's failure to maintain the facility as a
"first class facility." Since that claim a year ago, the team
has escalated demands for improvements from $100M to yesterday's
$150M (SEATTLE POST-INTELLEGENCER, 7/13).