ARENA DISPUTE HEATING UP IN MIAMI: CITY PRIORITIZES
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).