Only one problem: As the Florida Times-Union previously reported, using the maintenance fund for capital improvements means it’s not there for maintenance, and there’s already “a long list of stadium maintenance upgrades” that need to be done. None of the press coverage of yesterday’s announcement bothered to mention that, but then, when you have a media universe where ESPN runs the headline “Khan kicks in $20M to help stadium” when the Jaguars owner already promised that months ago — and it’s less than half what the public will be kicking in — we’re not exactly talking prize-winning journalism here.Then again, why should Khan be expected to pay for all those upgrades to improve his bottom line? The poor guy just forked over $10,000 for Tallahassee lobbyists to try and ram a stadium subsidy bill through the legislature - and didn't even get the bill passed!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
City of Jacksonville to Hand $43M over to Jags...Just Because
Field of Schemes reports that the city - not billionare owner Shad Khan - will pay the majority of a $63 million upgrade to the Jacksonville Jaguars' stadium, which will include two new video scoreboards and an indoor pool. The money was recently "found" in the Sports Complex Capital Maintenance Fund: