Monday, January 23, 2012

One Man's Quote of the Decade on Stadium Subsidies

Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, sure knows how to deliver a quote. In fact, he's been delivering the same one for seven years.

Today in Tallahassee, he said, “We have spent over $300 million supporting teams that can afford to pay a guy $7, $8, $10 million a year to throw a baseball 90 feet. I think they can pay for their own stadium."

A few months ago, the quote read something like this: "If you can pay someone $30 million to throw a baseball 90 can probably afford to build your own stadium."

Back in February of last year: "If you can pay someone $52 million to play the game of baseball, certainly you can build your own stadium with your own money."

And the first time we heard his words in 2005: "If you can afford to pay somebody $53 million to throw a baseball 90 feet, you can afford your own damn stadium."

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