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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A’s preferred stadium site criticized for causing gentrification, killing waterfowl | Field of Schemes

Won’t somebody think about the ducks?????

The [Golden Gate Audubon Society], which has more than 7,000 members in Oakland and nearby cities, said the proposed ballpark in the Eastlake neighborhood would be disastrous for nearly 200 species of ducks, herons, songbirds, nesting cormorants and fish that make their homes in Lake Merritt, the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge.

“We’re not antibaseball. We love the A’s, but we want them to stay where they are,” said Cindy Margulis, the executive director of Golden Gate Audubon. “When you put in a stadium and have all the additional cars and traffic, there will be additional contaminants coming into the lake. Oakland is a creative, imaginative city, and I think they can do better.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

William J. Conley Jr.: PawSox hearings give citizens a say

I call bullshit. How about an unbiased examination of the costs and tax revenue?

Using the team’s figures, the income taxes the state collects from the PawSox organization exceeds the annual cost to the state of the stadium proposal. Provided those revenue numbers continue, the project would be self-sustaining and “pay for itself.” Put another way, it would be a net loss to Rhode Island should the team decide to relocate to another state, because we earn more revenue from the team than it would cost state taxpayers in subsidies.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: pawtucket red sox, stadium deals

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MLB commissioner mentions Charlotte’s name on the telly! | Field of Schemes

It’s tough to extort taxpayers without viable alternatives. Of course, if your team is in Cobb County, extortion isn’t even needed.

This isn’t actually the first time that Manfred has mentioned Charlotte as an expansion possibility — he did so back in 2015 as well, along with Portland — but in baseball Kremlinology, it’s de rigueur to interpret the hell out of every word out of the guy’s mouth, so let’s give it a shot. Maybe Charlotte has jumped to the head of the list in the last 14 months for some reason? (Probably not, but maybe Jerry Reinsdorf got a nice salad at the airport there or something.) Maybe the owners of the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A’s — who again were mentioned by Manfred as needing their stadium situations “resolved” (read: somebody to build them new ones, ideally with public money) before expansion can take place — wanted a city to use as a potential move threat that was actually in the Unites States? Maybe he was waiting for the North Carolina anti-transgender bathroom bill to be repealed and the sports boycotts to end? Maybe some reporter from a Charlotte news outlet was in the crowd, and Manfred just wanted to see them get all excited when he mentioned their city’s name?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: expansion, stadium deals

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

D-Backs: Yeah, yeah, new stadium management contract, just give us our $187m, okay? | Field of Schemes

In other words, just adding a few more concerts isn’t going to stop the D-Backs owners from suing for $187 million, which makes total sense if they think they have a shot at winning. Beus added that they’re only suing for “the ability to talk to other alternatives so we don’t risk our franchise altogether when they don’t do the capital repairs they’re required to do,” which is pretty hilarious for a franchise worth an estimated $1.15 billion and that had an estimated $47.2 million in profits last year, but nobody ever said that lawyers had to be 100% honest.

Oh, and as for that county meeting, they ended up sending both bidders back to the drawing board and reopening the bids, because they weren’t happy with the offers. Which isn’t all that likely to do much better given the limited number of venue managers out there and the limited amount of money you can make staging concerts at a baseball stadium, but hey, worth a shot.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals, stadium renovations

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

PawSox, city reveal stadium financing framework   Poll

I’m glad I don’t live in Rhode Island.

$45 million from the PawSox for ballpark construction, including an early $12-million cash outlay and $33 million from revenue generated over the next three decades at the ballpark.

$23 million from the state in the form of tax revenue generated in and around the stadium.

$15 million from the city, also in tax revenue generated in and around the stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, stadium deals

 

 

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