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Sports Authority chair ousted


Under pressure from County Judge Ed Emmett, Mike Surface has resigned as chairman of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corp.

Surface cited “personal and professional interests” as the reason why he was stepping down after serving nine years as chairman.

He has been a supporter of the Astrodome Redevelopment Corp.’s proposal to turn the Dome into a convention hotel — a plan Emmett has questioned.

Emmett said he felt that it would be best to get new leadership on the sports corporation’s board before Commissioners Court’s next discussion of the Dome proposal in January.

So is this is sign that the Astrodome Redevelopment plan is toast? Emmett has been a skeptic of that, but he has also made frequent note of public support for saving the Dome in some form. If the Dome hotel/convention center isn’t the way to do that, then what is?

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