Baltimore City Auditor Allan Reynolds has denied a Maryland Public Information Act request by The Evening Sun to mak public the documents, audits and reports the city used in calculating the Orioles' rent for Memorial Stadium between June 16, 1989, and Dec. 31, 1989.
Reynolds refused to grant the request based on a section of the state law that allows denial of inspection of records based on "confidential commercial information" and "confidential financial information." Reynolds said the Orioles' rental payment documents contain confidential information about such matters as "the Orioles' revenues, expenditures, business activities, cash flow, profitability, employee compensation."
Evening Sun editors were considering whether to appeal the decision.
Since 1982, the city has released the revenue information it used to calculate the rental payment of the Orioles, a payment determined by a unique lease agreement that links the annual rent to team profits.