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“In all of these stadium deals, there are people with legitimate concerns, and those concerns need to be addressed. There are a lot of people who have no legitimate concerns. They like to parachute in and out because it’s a nice way to get a little press,” Levine said. “Whatever stadium is built, wherever it’s built, we’ll go through the process. We understand it. We know how to do it. We know how to deal with the community, elected officials. And we also know how to deal with the doom-and-gloomers and the people who don’t tell truth.”

Manchester City has just three league titles, a fraction of the 20 won by rival Manchester United. With 27 World Series titles, the Yankees always expect to win.

“We will bring all the help that they need in the New York area,” Co-Chairman Hank Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “I have no doubt with their people, their soccer people, and with our people we can build a winner.”


AP freelance writer Mark Didtler contributed to this report.