MODELL REFUSES TO SELL PSL'S IN CLEVELAND
Browns President Art Modell has "dismissed the idea of
selling permanent seat licenses (PSLs) to help finance the
renovation project," according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland
PLAIN DEALER. Modell: "PSLs are a new phenomenon. It's
fantastic. But I think it only works in a new marketplace. I
find it impossible for me to conceive of charging a customer
who's been sitting in the same seat for 45 years -- charge him a
premium for the right to buy that seat again. I can't see it"
(PLAIN DEALER, 7/23). Also in Cleveland, Evelyn Theiss writes
that funding the renovation "isn't just about the Stadium or the
Browns anymore. It's about political careers." The Assembly
approved a bill on July 12 allowing Cuyahoga County Commissioners
to extend an excise tax on cigarettes and alcohol for another 20
years without a vote of the public. That bill was signed by Gov.
George Voinovich on July 19. The stakes: "Delay too long, or
defeat the tax extension, and the Browns are history" -- or --
"Pass the sin tax without a public vote now, and expect to pay
later at the polls" (PLAIN DEALER, 7/23).