continued "As we discussed at our last meeting, I have attached a copy of commitments pending and refusals in our marketing efforts. The main resistance to date is that medium-sized companies are not prepared to invest in blocks. We are having success in the payroll deduction area and believe this will create the most benefit in the long term."
A list of companies that had been contacted and the number of tickets each had bought was censored by the office of City Attorney Casey Gwinn, which claimed that certain parts of the information were exempt from the state's public records act.
"The City believes the public interest in not disclosing those identities clearly outweighs the public interest in disclosure, because those persons or entities certainly did not anticipate that their identities would become publicly known (because they were dealing with a private entity, the Sports Council) and may not want the public to know that they are purchasing, thinking about purchasing, or have declined to purchase Charger season tickets," said a statement from Deputy City Attorney Leslie J. Girard.
As of today, the City has not revealed how much it will spend on the Sports Council or another marketing agent during fiscal year 1998, which began on the first of July. Sources say contracts will eventually be signed that may cost taxpayers as much as $250,000 a year over the next 30 years of the Chargers contract. The City's Anderson says that the council has so far approved $150,000 for this fiscal year, although he isn't sure of the details. That amount, of course, is much less than the millions of dollars taxpayers may be forced to come up with if the marketing efforts are unsuccessful and a significant percentage of the 60,000-seat attendance guaranteed by the City does not materialize. McGrory has left that worry to his successors. He quit shortly after the Sports Council deal was revealed here in June.