Avi Selk reports that the Irving City Council postponed a Thursday vote that could decide the fate of its fledgling tennis team. The city spent $400,000 last year to lure a World Team Tennis franchise from Kansas City. But the Texas Wild lost money its first season in Irving after failing to find enough sponsors. The team is asking the city for another $150,000 to rebuild a temporary court at the Four Seasons for a second season.
Mayor Beth Van Duyne, who helped recruit the team last year, called the event “$8 million in positive PR for the city.” But several members wondered if the Wild would ask for tax money every year. After the council delayed the vote until next month, it passed an $180,000 subsidy for another event — the Irving Tennis Classic.