The Astros have retained NJ-based Integrated Sports
Int'l (ISI) for new business development in sponsorship
sales, marketing and strategic consultation. ISI will work
in conjunction with the team in identifying and developing
strategic marketing programs for corporate partners, both at
the Astrodome as well as the new ballpark, which is slated
to open in Downtown Houston in April 2000. In addition to
the Astros, ISI also serves as a marketing rep to the 49ers,
Angels, Broncos, Pacers and Chargers among others (ISI).
On Long Island, James Bernstein reports that N.Y.
Sports Ventures Owners Howard Milstein and Steven Gluckstern
"are stepping up a behind-the-scenes campaign to gain
control of a multimillion-dollar contract to manage a new
Nassau Coliseum," and are "said to be seeking to oust" PA-
based SMG, which has the management contract through 2015.
In addition, the Coliseum's GM Lance Elder has resigned, and
a replacement search is underway (NEWSDAY, 5/19)....In San
Antonio, Poling & Orsborn reported that expanding Freeman
Coliseum to fit 20,000 people and 78 luxury suites would
cost up to $109M, a figure Freeman board members "find
staggering and that could prompt the county to instead build
a new arena" for the Spurs (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 5/16).