Friday, January 3, 2014

Epic Stadium Subsidy Quote

There have been a few epic quotes over the years about how pro sports teams arm-twist cities to get free stadiums:

In 1995, Jerry Reinsdorf said, "a savvy negotiator creates leverage."

In 2010, Peter Gammons said, MLB teams "need to be able to blackmail" cities.

And now, in 2014, Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said (h/t to Field of Schemes), "Sacramento (was) helped by the drama with it all.”

Kohl is talking about how relocation threats from Seattle helped the Kings land monster stadium subsidies in Sacramento.  And possibly indicating the same blueprint - that so many other teams have quietly followed - could help him get a new stadium in Milwaukee.

I just don't know which city should be more upset: Milwaukee, Sacramento, or Seattle?

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