WHAT'S COOKIN' BETWEEN SKINS OWNER AND DC MAYOR BARRY?
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).