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Update: Sports Commission is "alive and well"

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission might survive after all.

During a D.C. Council committee markup, today, Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) accepted a friendly amendment to nix his plans to move the maintenance of RFK stadium out of the hands of the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission and give that responsibility to the city Office of Property Management.

Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) refused to allow property management to take on the upkeep responsibilities of the stadium -- where D.C. United will continue to play -- unless Brown could find and transfer the $2 million-plus necessary for the maintenance.

Brown, clearly frustrated, couldn't make that guarantee, saying he has been unable to get information from the commission. "It's almost like trying to get information from the White House," he said.

Representatives of the sports commission, including chief executive officer Gregory O'Dell and Bill Hall, vice chair of the board of directors, worked the John A. Wilson Building before the committee met.

Hours before the vote, Hall said he was sure that they would work something out. "The sports commission is alive and well," he said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 1, 2008; 3:38 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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