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Yankees Threaten to Break Lease

October 26, 1987

The New York Yankees will ask a judge today in Bronx Supreme Court to void their lease at Yankee Stadium, allowing them to leave the city, the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reported.

The Yankees are bitter about delays in the lease-extension process that centers on the building of additional parking spaces.

Last week, a New York state court issued a partial summary judgment on a Yankees' lawsuit, ruling that New York City, which owns Yankee Stadium, has not fulfilled the terms of the lease.

"The city has been dragging its feet for far too long in this matter," the newspaper quoted an unidentified Yankee spokesman as saying. "And we felt it necessary to file this lawsuit against them, which we did almost a year and a half ago, back in May 1986."

In New Jersey, where the public will vote Nov. 3 on a bond issue to build a baseball stadium at the Meadowlands complex, there is talk of luring the Yankees across the Hudson River.

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