sorry if this is posted, but I didn't see it on here- Council delays vote on feasibility study for soccer By CURTIS KILLMAN World Staff Writer 9/6/2002 The City Council delayed action Thursday on a measure that would authorize spending as much as $100,000 to finance a study on the feasibility of locating a Major League Soccer franchise in Tulsa. The council sent the measure back to the Urban and Economic Development Committee meeting Tuesday for further discussion. The item was referred back to committee, where it was previously heard Tuesday, to "get more solid answers" as to how the money would be spent, Council Chairman Bill Christiansen said. "In speaking to the other councilors, we all have a lot of questions," Christiansen said after Thursday's regular council meeting. Christiansen said a review of the proposed study's scope failed to include an analysis of a suitable site for a soccer stadium. "We want it to be an objective study of the entire city of Tulsa," Christiansen said, referring to the site analysis. He said he knew of no councilors who opposed the idea of funding the study. Two residents spoke against use of the funds for the study during the Thursday meeting. "I have a problem with playthings because the city is in deep financial trouble," said James Alexander, a regular at council meetings. Councilor Tom Baker said the city didn't seek out the project, saying it was a "business opportunity" that has been presented to Tulsa. The city should "at least consider the possibility of evaluating" the prospect of a franchise, Baker said. The $100,000 for the study will come from excess revenues in the 1985 Sales Tax Economic Development fund. The fund has $900,000 in surplus revenues from the 1985 third-penny sales tax program. The city will give the money to the Tulsa Metro Chamber as part of an existing economic development contract with the city. The chamber plans to use the funds to hire Dallas-based Conventions, Sports & Leisure International to study the viability of a new multipurpose stadium and Major League Soccer franchise. As part of the study, CSL will conduct telephone surveys to determine season ticket and premium seating interest. The company will also provide revenue and expense estimates associated with the proposed stadium. Mayor Bill LaFortune has voiced an interest in bidding for a soccer franchise if a suitable stadium site and investors for the project can be located. Franchise backers have identified two downtown locations as possible sites. A study would be completed within 12 to 14 weeks, according to a proposed CSL service agreement. Christiansen said he didn't think the one-week delay would hurt the city's chances of landing a franchise.