It's not official, but those always available "sources" tell the Post
("Tentative Deal Reached On Lease For Stadium
") that "agreement has been reached on the District's two key demands, the $20 million payment and a letter of credit from baseball." There are still discussions to be had, but DCSEC chair Mark Tuohey says a deal could be wrapped up early next week, in time for the city council to schedule a Dec. 20 hearing. One thing we don't know: "In return for the payment, baseball will receive a concession from the city, government sources familiar with the negotiations said. The nature of that concession was not disclosed." What could this be, a statue of Bud Selig on the Mall? It's also nice to see that this article spells out the problems with a sudden move to the RFK site, which have been glossed over during this week's turmoil. We shall see what next week brings.... UPDATE:
's story for Saturday ("Ballpark Lease in Ninth Inning
") concentrates on how it might be difficult for the city to sell the $286 million in public bonds during the last days of December. UPDATE II:
A story on MLB.com
says that lawyers for both sides continue to meet today to put the final touches on the agreement.