Chargers President Dean Spanos said the team will move
its entire '97 home schedule to the Rose Bowl if a Superior
Court judge halts construction at Jack Murphy Stadium next
Thursday, according to Barry Bloom in the SAN DIEGO UNION-
TRIBUNE. Spanos said he and Rose Bowl President Al Moses
have an oral agreement, and a contingency contract should be
signed by next week (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/14). San
Diego-based Qualcomm Chair Irwin Jacobs has offered to "make
a deal with the city that would resolve the funding
controversy and put the high-tech company's name" on Jack
Murphy Stadium (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/14).
SUPER BOWL: The NFL has adopted a contingency plan to
hold the '98 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl if it becomes
necessary to move the game from Jack Murphy (Rose Bowl).
AZ Industrial Commission investigators have found a
dozen safety violations and have recommended $8,000 in fines
in the October 9 death of a man at the Bank One Ballpark
construction site (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/14)....Mariners VP
Paul Isaki said the team is "reviewing a contingency plan"
to play an extra year at the Kingdome, rather than move into
a new stadium with an unfinished roof (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/13).
"Strong protests" from the tennis community have forced
the USTA's board of directors to reconsider its decision to
name its new U.S. Open facility USTA Stadium, instead of in
memory of Arthur Ashe, according to Doug Smith in USA TODAY.
Last month, USTA President Harry Marmion said the board
advised Ashe's widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, that the
23,000-seat facility would be named USTA Stadium. But
Marmion now says that the board will meet Sunday and Monday
in Atlanta to "reconsider" the name (USA TODAY, 2/14).
The Bengals have agreed to a location for their new
stadium between Elm St. and Central Ave., immediately north
of Mehring Way. The facility will include a new Bengals
front office and a new practice facility. The stadium is to
open with the 2000 NFL season (Bengals). Hamilton County
will now try to "relocate eight companies on the site,"
according to Anne Michaud of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. Land
acquisition may take six to nine months, and county
officials "expect construction to begin" in early '98. The
county and the Bengals are working toward a June 30 deadline
to sign a lease (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/14).