Thursday, May 3, 2012

L.A. Coliseum panel drops free-tickets provision from USC deal

I am quoted in this piece in the LAT.

In the heat of a broader financial scandal, the public officials who run the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have agreed to give up decades' worth of free Trojan football tickets they negotiated for themselves in a proposed lease that would surrender control of the stadium to USC.
Jessica Levinson, a Loyola Law School professor who studies public corruption, said the decision to forgo the tickets was "a good PR move." The provision would have required USC to try to get the commissioners free tickets to pro games if a new L.A. franchise played at the Coliseum while an NFL stadium was built here.

"To get rid of the benefits and perks that come along with the position is good," Levinson said. "But it's different from getting rid of the corruption that happened."

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