Miami city leaders met in an "emergency meeting" Wednesday
and discussed ways to keep the Heat from leaving. Joanne
Cavanaugh reports the city, which doesn't control the team's
lease at Miami Arena, voted to try legal maneuvering to force the
arena's operator to the negotiating table. The arena is operated
by Leisure Management, 50% owned by Panthers Owner Wayne
Huizenga. City leaders charge a conflict of interest, since
Huizenga is seeking a new arena in Broward County and the city's
lease with Leisure prevents them from building a competing venue.
Leisure officials deny a conflict, and say any competing facility
would be built by another company. The city wants Leisure to
extend the Heat's lease to make the seven-year-old facility more
profitable for the team (MIAMI HERALD, 11/9).
Three Tampa politicians will announce a plan to build a new
Bucs stadium in the historic Ybor City area and raise funds
through a special tax in that area's entertainment district (ST.
PETE TIMES, 11/10). Meanwhile, an architect visited Orlando's
Citrus Bowl and examined the possibility of remodeling to meet
the Bucs' needs (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/10)....The S.F. EXAMINER
reports the 49ers are "stepping up efforts" to build a new
stadium instead of remodeling 3Com Park. The 49ers have said
they would finance their own stadium if given city land (S.F.
DC Mayor Marion Barry "is working on plans" to entice
Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke to keep his team in the city,
according to this morning's WASHINGTON POST. Under the plan, DC
would demolish RFK Stadium and help Cooke build a new home on
that site. Barry and Cooke met earlier this week to discuss
options if the Redskins fail to secure a deal in Prince George's
County, MD. Cooke, currently negotiating with MD officials, has
twice abandoned plans in DC, and also has been driven away from
Northern VA and Anne Arundel County, MD. Sources say Cooke still
considers MD his "best hope" for getting a facility completed
quickly, and DC officials insist they will only present a full
plan if Cooke fails in MD. Barry administration officials
familiar with the proposal say the city would pay for any street
improvements or other infrastructure costs, while Cooke would
finance the stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 11/10).