FOOTBALL EXPECTED TO BE FOCUS OF SENATE HEARING TOMORROW
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Antitrust, Business
Rights and Competition takes up the issue of franchise relocation
in a hearing tomorrow at 10am EST. Scheduled to testify:
Members of OH's congressional delegation, NFL Commissioner Paul
Tagliabue, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Maryland Stadium
Authority Chair John Moag, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, Cleveland
Mayor Michael White, and a panel of professors (THE DAILY).
WHAT TO EXPECT: The NFL seeks a "limited antitrust
exemption that would give it protection from a suit if it blocks
a franchise shift" (Gary Myers, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/28). Lanier
"is expected to testify that competition between cities
ultimately drives up the cost to local taxpayers blackmailed into
building new venues" (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/28).
White said Congress "needs to understand the far-and-away unique
circumstances in Cleveland" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/28).