NEWARK MORNING LEDGER CO., PUBLISHER OF THE STARLEDGER
VS. NEW JERSEY SPORTS & EXPOSITION AUTHORITY
We are asked to examine the scope of certain exemptions
from the disclosure requirements set forth in the Open Public
Records Act (OPRA), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 to -13. We conclude
disclosure of the terms of the licensing agreements for use of
the IZOD Center, a state-owned facility, is mandated by OPRA.
The redacted terms relating to the use of the arena do not fall
within the scope of "trade secrets" or "proprietary commercial
or financial information" as used in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1.1.
Further, disclosure of the details regarding the licensing fees
and other remunerative arrangements would not afford an
advantage to other venues competing for bookings because they
are widely known among those involved in this branch of the
entertainment industry, defeating defendant's claims of