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County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky used his position as a Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum commissioner to score a pair of prized tickets to the 2004 Super Bowl.

The question is, did he pay for them? That's a matter of sharp dispute. A spokesman said the supervisor paid $750 in cash for them, without a record of the transaction, and gave them to a constituent he would not identify.

But two people who said they provided Yaroslavsky with Super Bowl tickets insist he got them for free and requested them for his own use. Yaroslavsky's receipt of the 2004 tickets came to light through Times inquiries involving the corruption scandal at the Coliseum, which has resulted in the indictments of three former stadium officials and three people who did business with the publicly owned venue.

Times staff writers Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle will join us at 9 a.m. to talk about the Super Bowl tickets, as well as the corruption scandal at the Coliseum.

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