Olympic Stadium managers oppose details of West Ham deal being made public

first_imgManagers of London’s Olympic Stadium have opposed a decision for details of West Ham’s rental deal to be made public. The London Legacy Development Corporations (LLDC) – set up to ensure the long-term success of the 2012 Olympics site – and West Ham want the contract to remain private. The LLDC has, however, vowed to publish more details over the agreement which will see West Ham take on on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season. The decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned since it was first announced two and a half years ago. A statement from the LLDC released on Thursday evening read: “We are lodging an appeal against the Information Commissioner’s judgement . “This follows careful consideration, informed by legal advice, and is limited to a smaller number of redactions. “The appeal relates only to information which if released could significantly reduce the level of financial return to the taxpayer as it would undermine negotiations with future users of the stadium and other partners. “We have listened to the Commissioner’s comments and as a public body are committed to maximising transparency. “As a result we will shortly publish more details of the agreement with West Ham United in all areas that fall outside the scope of our appeal.” Last month the Government rejected a request from a host of supporters’ clubs for an inquiry into West Ham’s move to the 54,000-capacity stadium. But fans seeking transparency over the move have accused the LLDC of “running scared of the taxpayer”. A spokesman for the coalition of club supporters’ trusts, formed to campaign on the issue, told the Guardian: ” We have always respected West Ham United’s absolute right as a privately owned business to negotiate the most favourable commercial terms. “However it is quite another matter for the LLDC, as a publicly owned corporation, answerable to the GLA, Government and ultimately responsible to the taxpayer, and charged with the oversight of public assets, to seek to block the publication of information about the use of those assets. “The public have the right to know. Fans have a right to know. The LLDC is running scared of the taxpayer.” West Ham, who have played at their current Upton Park home since 1904, will host all of their home matches at an Olympic Stadium sporting the club’s livery and colours. British Athletics also has a deal to take control of the arena for one month every summer. The Anniversary Games and the 2017 World Athletics Championships are set to be hosted there, but West Ham have had to face criticism, with a familiar complaint being that a football club playing in the richest league in the world should not receive taxpayers’ subsidy for a new home. It has been reported that the annual rental agreement on the 99-year lease is around £2.5million. Press Associationlast_img read more

It’s an emotional time for Nets’ Wayne Ellington

first_imgNEW YORK >> His mind has wandered in recent days. But Nets guard Wayne Ellington has stayed restless because of something more serious than anything he experienced on the court.The Lakers (0-4) will visit the Brooklyn Nets (0-5) on Friday at Barclays Center where Ellington, who is coming off his lone season with the purple and gold, hopes to collect his first victory of this season. Ellington described his season as “up and down” after losing his starting spot at the shooting guard position.Amid that backdrop, Ellington is three days away from the one-year anniversary of a haunting moment. On Nov. 9, 2014, Ellington’s father, Wayne Sr. was murdered at the age of 57 in downtown Philadelphia. “It’s been crazy. I’ve been a little bit more emotional than I usually am,” Ellington said in a phone interview with the Los Angeles News Group. “A lot of thoughts and prayers have been going up. I try to stay focused on basketball and remember that’s what he would want me to do.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ellington also remains grateful for inspiring others. In September, Ellington spoke at a peace rally in Philadelphia and helped organize a basketball tournament in Chicago, which raised funds to reduce gang violence. He also in the beginning stages of launching a foundation for the same cause. “There’s too many incidents where lives are lost because of violence,” Ellington said. “To be in the position I’m in, I feel like I’m someone a lot of younger people would look up to and listen to. I want to do whatever I can to help.”center_img Ellington plans to practice that day. But he will likely visit his grandmother, uncles, aunts and cousins in his Philadelphia hometown afterward. Although Ellington’s mother and sisters live in North Carolina, the 27-year-old Ellington said his proximity to Philadelphia “played a huge role” in signing with the Nets this offseason to a two-year, $3 million deal with a player option for his second season. Another huge role entailed the Lakers passing on him. They liked Ellington after averaging 10 points on 41.2 percent shooting in 65 games, including 36 starts. But the Lakers put higher priority on marquee free agents. They also upgraded their backcourt by drafting D’Angelo Russell second overall and signing Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million deal.Ellington admitted that will “give me a little chip” entering Friday’s game against the Lakers. But he added “there’s no hard feelings” and that he has “great respect” for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Byron Scott. The Lakers granted Ellington an indefinite leave of absence that eventually lasted 11 days following his father’s death. Several Lakers staff members and teammates helped Ellington cope with his loss. “The Lakers will always have a spot with me in my heart because of what I went through,” said Ellington, who averaged 3.6 points on 31.8 percent shooting in 12.8 minutes through five games. “Everybody treated me like family. I’m forever grateful for that.” last_img read more