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Coliseum officials denied free tickets and VIP access in proposed USC lease deal

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Nine commission officials who oversee the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have agreed to give up free tickets and VIP access at the taxpayer-owned arena, says the L.A. Times.

The ticket provision -- originally structured to provide a free, 90-seat block for every Trojan game and comps for NFL games -- was removed from the latest draft of the proposed lease deal that would see USC taking control of the Coliseum and Sports Arena.

The new lease, which would include naming and advertising rights to the Exposition Park venues, was pursued, in part, becuase of the inability to pay for upgrades promised in the current agreement.

In a separate deal with the state, USC is pursuing a land-related deal that could potentially add 99 years to the lease term, notes the Times.

The scandal-shrouded, 88-year-old Coliseum has lost millions of dollars in the past decade, according to recent audits and testimony.

A former general manager embroiled in an alleged kickback scheme recently pleaded guilty to conflict of interest. Two additional former employees, two event promoters, and a contractor have also been charged in the controversy.


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