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June 2, 1997 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every speaker enjoys preaching to the converted, and Willie Brown is no exception. So when this city's convention and visitors bureau recently invited the mayor to speak in favor of a proposed $325-million football stadium to be voted on Tuesday, he jumped at the chance. "Why, the Phoenix folks spent $300 million" to build a stadium, he said with amused contempt. Phoenix? "We charge more at a Motel 6 than they do at their Grand Hyatt!" The audience of local hotel and tourism executives roared.
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June 10, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from San Francisco — They arrived Thursday night just after dinner started, and that would be rude normally, but they had a good excuse. USC football Coach Lane Kiffin and basketball Coach Kevin O'Neill had already had a long day, one that involved meetings with attorneys, university administrators, their players and the media. Appearing inside a hotel ballroom to speak before about 180 USC sports boosters, therefore, wasn't so bad. The coaches — along with USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett — appeared at a Northern California Trojans Club function just hours after learning from the NCAA what penalties they'll be dealing with for the next few years.
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SPORTS
December 15, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
San Francisco officials approved a five-year agreement with the Giants in which the city will absorb the $3.1-million per-year cost to operate Candlestick Park.
NEWS
February 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
The proposed shopping mall at Candlestick Point will not generate enough money to pay off the city's share of costs to build a new football stadium for the San Francisco 49ers, financial documents show. Sales taxes could come up several million dollars short of the $7.3 million that the city needs each year to pay off voter-approved bonds for the stadium, the San Francisco Examiner reported Sunday. Mayor Willie Brown had promised voters that the $525-million stadium-mall would pay for itself.
SPORTS
June 26, 1990
Ernest Tjela of Lesotho, who won the City of San Francisco Marathon last year, will not be allowed to compete in the event July 1 because he ran in a cross-country race in South Africa, marathon officials said.
SPORTS
November 6, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The outcome of ballot initiatives today in California and Arizona might determine the future homes of the San Francisco Giants and the 1993 Super Bowl. If voters in five cities approve proposals today, the Giants will leave Candlestick Park, their windblown ballpark south of the city, and eventually become the Santa Clara Giants. "If they build it, we will come, no question," Giant vice president Corey Busch said. "We have never been happy with Candlestick. And neither have the fans."
NEWS
July 13, 1997 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK and LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid the explosions in entertainment jobs, high-tech business and Silicon Valley real estate prices, California is in the throes of another boom: Pro sports stadiums and arenas. Private and public entities in California will be spending more on professional sports venues than on any other single category of local public infrastructure between now and the new millennium. In the Bay Area alone, roughly $1.1 billion in construction and renovation is on the drawing boards.
NEWS
June 2, 1997 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every speaker enjoys preaching to the converted, and Willie Brown is no exception. So when this city's convention and visitors bureau recently invited the mayor to speak in favor of a proposed $325-million football stadium to be voted on Tuesday, he jumped at the chance. "Why, the Phoenix folks spent $300 million" to build a stadium, he said with amused contempt. Phoenix? "We charge more at a Motel 6 than they do at their Grand Hyatt!" The audience of local hotel and tourism executives roared.
NEWS
January 17, 1993 | PETER H. KING
Sports franchises often are overrated as civic assets: It's almost comic how cities will cough up millions to land a hockey team, even as they close libraries and lay off cops. Also, to watch pro football on television is to understand that its main purpose is to push light beer and pickup trucks, which makes the almost religious tone of football reportage seem silly. There.
SPORTS
December 15, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
San Francisco officials approved a five-year agreement with the Giants in which the city will absorb the $3.1-million per-year cost to operate Candlestick Park.
SPORTS
September 10, 1992 | ROSS NEWHAN
National League president Bill White said Wednesday that the sale of the San Francisco Giants to a group from Tampa-St. Petersburg is on hold, and that he is receptive to competing offers from San Francisco. "The window is open," White said at the quarterly owners meetings in St. Louis, suggesting that owner Bob Lurie's $111 million sale to Florida interests has never been the done deal it appeared to be. "The window has always been there. "Bob Lurie is a man of his word.
NEWS
January 20, 1992 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
OK, so it's still got great sourdough, cute cable cars and that majestic red bridge called the Golden Gate. But before long, San Francisco may well be a city without a baseball team. Worse, locals may lose their Giants to San Jose, the upstart outpost that sophisticated San Franciscans love to loathe. The columnists here insist there is no cause for alarm.
SPORTS
January 16, 1992 | MARTHA GROVES and THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
First baseman Will Clark of the San Francisco Giants stops in occasionally for lunch on game days at Perry's on Union Street. That's one piece of business that could head south if San Francisco's baseball team finds its way to San Jose. "This stupid city, which I love, is so narrow-minded to have let the Giants possibly get away," Perry Butler, the restaurant's owner, said Wednesday after San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer and Giant owner Bob Lurie announced a deal to send the team to the South Bay.
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