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.

Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

More by Lawrence Budd


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 18, 2020

View more issues


© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation