An "Inside Edition" undercover investigation "found
serious food safety problems at [MLB] parks all across the
country," according to Matt Meagher. "IE" visited 15 MLB
parks, and shot hidden-camera footage depicting apparent
violations by food workers. Meagher: "We were looking for
so-called critical violations, shoddy food handling and
service practices the [FDA] says can lead to food-born
illness." At Bank One Ballpark, Meagher found "hot dogs,
burgers and chicken served at dangerously low temperatures."
Meagher: "But it wasn't only Phoenix. At eight of the 15
stadiums, half of the foods we tested were below the 140-
degree (FDA approved temperature) safety limit." Meagher
said that food temperature "is just one problem," noting
health inspection reports that found "rodents and
cockroaches in Kansas City, flies in San Francisco, and
rodent droppings" in the Astrodome. While Fenway Park was
one of the ballparks that received a "clean bill of health"
earlier this year, that was when it was inspected three days
before opening day with "no food, no fans." "IE" found
"dangerously low temperatures in nearly half the Fenway food
we tested." Meagher: "We tried to get some answers from
Aramark, the company that runs Fenway Park's food
concessions. Instead, we got kicked out." "IE" was also
kicked out of the concession areas at Yankee Stadium.
Afterward, host Deborah Norville: "Concessionaires at Kansas
City, Milwaukee and Phoenix all say that they periodically
spot check their food, and that they are looking into our
findings. Health officials in Boston say that they plan
follow-up inspections" ("Inside Edition," 5/20).
D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo issued
a written apology on Wednesday for walking out of an
interview with HBO's Armen Keteyian. In a statement,
Colangelo said, "I would like to make a public apology for
my actions that day, and in particular for my
uncharacteristic use of profanity. ... I simply lost my
temper and regret having done so" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/21)..
....In Houston, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
postponed hiring Schindelwolf & Associates to inspect
construction of a new ballpark so Mayor Lee Brown can review
the two-year contract (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/21)....The Santa
Clara City Council OK'd a study on how to finance a 45,000-
seat ballpark as long as stadium proponents paid for the
study (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/20)....CNBC's Mike Hegedus
reported on the SkyLinks GPS System, which is used by 30
golf courses around the country, and uses the global
positioning satellite technology to give players their exact
yardage to the green. SkyLinks Dir of Sales & Marketing
Richard Beckman: "We feel this is going to be a $10 to $20
million business very, very quickly." Boston-based SkyLinks
is "one of the top three" GPS systems providers, and "has
picked up some big-time backing" including the John Deere
Corporation ("The Edge," 5/20).
MLS Crew Owner Lamar Hunt has "invited" the 22-member
group of Columbus-area business leaders who control 45% of
the team to help finance construction of the team's new $15-
17M stadium, according to Merx & Mark of the COLUMBUS
DISPATCH. Hunt Sports Group, which owns 55% of the team,
has "signed a guarantee" to cover the cost of the 22,500-
seat facility. Crew Soccer Stadium Limited Liability Corp.
is the private organization set up by Hunt that will "build,
own and manage the facility." One local owner, George
Jenkins, said that the area execs "haven't discussed
collectively whether they will take Hunt up on the offer."
Jenkins said that after a stadium site is finalized next
week, Hunt Sports Group will "analyze financing needs" and
bring a proposal to local investors. The OH Expositions
Commission approved a lease arrangement with the team and
will help select the site. The stadium will be designed by
OH-based NBBJ, with ground-breaking set for July, with the
opening scheduled for next April (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/20).