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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Secrecy clouds view of downtown baseball stadium - San Antonio Express-News

Finally, Plummer writes, “The study is an evaluation and it points out the strengths and weaknesses of various locations. Forcing Centro to disclose weaknesses identified in the Requested Information clearly puts Centro at a substantial competitive disadvantage.”

But shouldn’t the public know about potential “weaknesses” before writing a big check?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, stadium deals

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ordinance gives Braves development power to set vending areas | News |

How many politicians are in the Braves pockets?

Another one of Cupid’s concerns was that the ordinance could impact property owners near the stadium and The Battery Atlanta by restricting their ability to allow vendors to set up in their parking lots or other parts of their property.

“That is how I interpreted the code, that any vending of items by those classified as vendors would not be able to within a certain distance” of the stadium, Cupid said. “I just get concerned overall when we start limiting commerce to benefit a particular use — even if it’s county or private, I get concerned about overreaching in that area.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium deals

Thursday, June 23, 2016

News 8 analysis: Arlington could give away millions in stadium deal |

When $500 million isn’t enough.

City of Arlington officials have touted a “50-50” private-public partnership to build a proposed $1 billion retractable roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.

A WFAA-TV investigation, however, has found taxpayers may instead pick up to 80 percent of the tab, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars more than initially promised by city leaders.

Last month, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved a “Master Agreement” to ask voters to extend sales, car rental, and hotel occupancy taxes that have been used to build AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Rangers stadium to cost Arlington well over $500m, local paper more concerned about its code name | Field of Schemes

Another rip off.

Add in the city’s costs from providing free (and property-tax-free) parking lots for the new stadium, plus possible costs from any shortfall in revenues that the Rangers would use to pay off their own share of stadium bonds (which will actually be sold by the city, presumably to get around paying income tax on things like naming rights and PSL sales), and the projected public cost is headed well north of half a billion dollars, though how far north is hard to say. When I have more time I’ll dig through the fine print of the stadium agreement to see if there’s anything in there to help clarify things; if you want to do the same, you can now find it here.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals



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