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Orlando out of commission



The Orlando Area Sports Commission is now the Central Florida Sports Authority, because Orlando wouldn't play ball.

The commission renamed itself in a March 12 press conference, after a series of disputes with the city that had help found it in 1992 to promote sports, tourism and the accumulation of cash. First, says authority director Randy Johnson, Mayor Glenda Hood wanted the commission to concentrate solely on amateur sports -- not the pros. Then the city made it known it wanted first dibs on choice projects.

The commission balked; Orlando pulled its funding. "We didn't perceive enough value added for the city's dollars," says Hood spokesman Jim DeSimone.

Ahh, the thrill of victory -- and the agony of delete.

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