Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, in a letter dated November
20, termed comments made last week by MD Gov. Parris
Glendening urging the Orioles and the MD Stadium Authority
(MSA) to "work more closely" on stadium issues "grossly
inappropriate," according to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore
SUN. Angelos' letter "reasserted the team's opposition" to
a MSA proposal to have a parking garage developed at Camden
Yards in connection with an "urban entertainment complex."
Glendening was critical of the Orioles last week for their
stated opposition to the project, but Angelos said that his
remarks reflect "a serious lack of knowledge of what is
occurring." Morgan adds that MSA Exec Dir Bruce Hoffman has
called Angelos' office to request a meeting, but as of
yesterday, Angelos "had not responded to the call."
Glendening's Deputy Chief of Staff, David Iannucci,
"declined to comment" on the letter (SUN, 11/25).
In a licensing agreement with Manhattan-based Glazier
Group that was signed yesterday, "Michael Jordan - The
Steakhouse" will open in February in New York's Grand
Central Station, according to Florence Fabricant of the N.Y.
TIMES. Under terms of the deal, the restaurant will use
Jordan's name and be run by Penny and Peter Glazier, who run
the upscale, "The Monkey Bar," among others. The 150-seat
steakhouse will occupy 7,000 square feet, with a 60-seat bar
and a "small retail shop" selling mainly restaurant related
items. The menu's "typical steakhouse main courses" will be
priced "in the $20 range." Peter Glazier: "It's about fine
dining and Michael Jordan the businessman. There will not
be any sports memorabilia or photographs of Michael Jordan
shooting baskets in the restaurant." The Glaziers "hope to
become involved in more projects" with Jordan after the
steakhouse opens (N.Y. TIMES, 11/25).
Nike Australia is spending "about" $8M on its "first
giant concept store" in that country, expected to open in
Melbourne in November '98, according to AD AGE. The store
is expected to look like a film set and "provide an
interactive shopping experience for consumers." A second
store is expected to open in Sydney in late '99. The
Australian athletic footwear, clothing and accessories
market "is estimated" at $1.5B and Nike claims between 32%
and 35% share of Australia's $400M athletic footwear market
(AD AGE, 11/24).....NikeTown Las Vegas, Nike's 10th store in
the U.S., opened to the public on November 21 (Nike).