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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kahrl: Why moving the A’s and Rays would be good for baseball

Move them to LA to share a stadium with the Rams and Chargers!

A better venue in the East Bay, ideally closer to a rich seam of corporate clients, would provide major money over what the A’s are generating now. If that’s best done in San Jose, it’s on Manfred to make that happen, and for baseball to afford the expense of paying back the Giants for their unused territorial rights. In Montreal, the track record for attendance, even without a great downtown venue and before the industry ran the Expos into the ground to aid carpetbagger Jeffrey Loria’s franchise takeover, suggests there’s major money to be made.

In both cases, you can argue that baseball will need to get serious about putting some skin in the game; the public financing landscape has changed, perhaps best reflected in the NFL’s recent willingness to help finance the Rams’ return to L.A. As new-stadium watchers for both the Rays and the Athletics have noted, there’s reason to believe that MLB and the teams themselves should invest in what comes next in Tampa/St. Pete and California’s East Bay. But if MLB’s paying the bills, it should collectively buy into the opportunity to reap the richest rewards. Investing in an arguably already saturated Tampa/St. Pete market with an already poor track record for support doesn’t sound nearly as lucrative.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2016 at 09:26 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, montreal, rays, relocation, san jose

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rangers-to-Dallas talk just more hot air

By nearly all accounts, Globe Life Park — née The Ballpark in Arlington — has aged both masterfully and gracefully since its opening 22 years ago.

A sturdy red brick facade. Great sightlines. Nachos by the barrel. Two World Series appearances.

The Texas Rangers have a handsome, still-viable home.

But when a good city loses one of its sports teams, as St. Louis did this past week, it only makes sense to check the fine print on your team’s stadium lease.

April 2024 — that’s when the Rangers’ lease on the ballpark is scheduled to expire.

And once again, the city of Arlington, a municipality that has shown it can and will house and support two professional sports franchises, is having to listen to Dallas money men lusting after one of its teams.

To hear the businessmen from something called Downtown Dallas Inc., talk, the Rangers need Dallas. The Rangers need air-conditioning. The Rangers need to be in a new neighborhood, buttressed by loft-dwelling hipsters.

According to DDI, there are “five or six locations” near downtown Dallas where a new climate-controlled stadium for the Rangers could be built.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 06:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas, rangers, relocation

 

 

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