The Washington, DC, Police Department has paid $800,000
in overtime to officers handling security and crowd control
outside the new MCI Center. In DC, Cheryl Thompson writes
that an agreement between Mayor Marion Barry and Washington
Sports Owner Abe Pollin, which "spares" Pollin from having
to pay for the officers, has "angered some [DC] officials"
(WASHINGTON POST, 4/30)....Greensboro, NC, Mayor Carolyn
Allen endorsed the proposed restaurant tax to fund a new
ballpark. The vote is in five days (NEWS & RECORD, 4/29).
...Five architectural firms have submitted conceptual
designs for the new Mavs/Stars arena. Mavs Owner Ross Perot
Jr. said that the five "will be narrowed to two or three
finalists within about a month" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/30).
...The Magic and Heat will play a preseason game in Tampa's
Ice Palace next season, the facility's first NBA game (TAMPA
TRIBUNE, 4/29)....In Baltimore, Morgan St. will play
Delaware St. on October 24 in the Ravens new stadium,
marking the facility's first non-Ravens event (SUN, 4/30).