Due to delays in choosing a site, the proposed new L.A.
arena to be shared by the Kings and Lakers won't be ready to
open in the fall of '99, as originally planned. The arena
will likely open in the summer of 2000 (L.A. TIMES, 1/11).
....In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner examines the formation of the
Twins stadium proposal last week. Weiner: "The business
relationship between [Metropolitan Sports Facilities
Commission Chair Henry] Savelkoul and [Twins Owner] Carl
Pohlad intensified as they became friends. ...The Twins'
cash contribution rose. A concept to have the state buy
out the Pohlads was agreed upon. A level of comfort had
arrived" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/12)....The Oakland-
Alameda County Coliseum Authority "refused" to turn over $1M
to the Oakland Football Marketing Association. Instead, they
transferred $500,000 to the OFMA with a promise to consider
making additional public funds available within 45 days (SAN
JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/10).