Monday, April 29, 2013

Overly Honest News Updates

Maybe the next time, the Seattle ownership group should get
Shawn Kemp to be a spokesperson.
"The Committee agreed to force current Kings' ownership to accept a smaller sale price in order to preserve the fiction that professional sports require the construction of stadiums at general taxpayer expense, rather than through raising private funds and revenues stemming directly from the stadium itself."

I'm not a huge basketball fan but I was really looking forward to proof that the NBA could join the MLB and NFL as sports leagues capable of financing stadium construction with substantial contributions from private funding sources. I guess we'll have to wait until the NBA thinks it's politically viable to move the Hornets Pelicans out of New Orleans.


Aaron said...

Shorter David Stern - we prefer cities that reliably prostrate themselves for NBA owners.

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Anonymous said...

If I were the mayor of a city that a pro league was trying to shake down in such a fashion, I'd be saying, "forget the stadium - let us buy the team, and then we'll negotiate with ourselves about how nice a stadium/arena we want."

Whether I meant it, or was just bluffing, if more mayors would say this, it might get that option more widely discussed. Why shouldn't cities own teams? It hasn't hurt the Green Bay Packers.