Los Angeles COULD hold a team- the “problem” is, the taxpayers of L.A. may like sports, but not enough to cough up hundreds of millions of dollars to build a fancy new stadium for potential owners. And I say, good for them!
It strikes me as INSANE that city GOVERNMENTS gladly shell out 300-500 million dollars to build fancy new stadiums for the richest men in America! Memo to big city mayors: Hey your honor, if you have 500 million bucks lying around… ever think about hiring more cops? Fixing your potholes? Giving your teachers a raise? Or maybe (scary thought here) lowering your taxes???
The odd thing is, in most cases, FANS don’t have any problems with the “old” stadiums! OWNERS are the ones who reject relatively new (20-30 years old) ballparks because they don’t have enough luxury boxes. In other words, they tell the ordinary working man “Cough up 500 million dollars to build me a stadium filled with luxury suites, where yuppies and CEOs can have chardonnay and brie without having to rub elbows with scum like YOU.” And taxpayers routinely say, “Sure!”
Strange thing is… MOST sportts franchises aren’t worth anywhere NEAR as much as it would cost to build a stadium. It would have been a LOT cheaper for the city of Houston to BUY the Oilers from Bud Adams and keep them in the Astrodome than it would to build a new stadium! It would have been a LOT cheaper for the city of Pittsburgh to buy the Pirates and keep them at Three RIver Stadium than to build the Pirates a new stadium! Right now, the Twins are demanding a new stadium (though the MEtrodome is less than 20 years old). Why couldn’t the city of Minneapolis just buy the team, and leave them right where they are?
I mean, let’s have capitalism or let’s have socialism. No more of this half-assed mix!