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Red Sox Got Sweetheart Deal to Extend Concessions Outside Ballpark: Boston Globe

An investigative report in the Boston Globe has found that the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) used an "urban blight" justification to seize one public street and the air rights over another, both next to Fenway Park, through eminent domain and hand it to the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team for its exclusive use. The 11-year deal signed in 2002 has netted the team and its exclusive concessions operator Aramark an estimated $45 million so far while paying the city an average of $186,000 annually in lease fees.

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