and other media outlets they're pissed.
Hagan helped create a private non-profit entity so he could negotiate a land deal without having to deal with public records. He praised the secretly-negotiated, more-expensive-than-anticipated, possibly-illegal Braves deal. He never got buy-in from the City of Tampa.
Hell, Hagan didn't even tell Tampa's mayor or the Rays that he was announcing his deal last week. And he went out of his way to withhold the news from media outlets that have previously challenged him on transparency issues and his lack of compliance on public record laws.
Now, Hagan wants you to know that he has the PERFECT location for the Rays!...but somehow has not yet discussed financing specifics yet with the team.
How's that for transparency?
Actually, it matches the Rays' record on the subject.
This blog has spent years calling for the Rays to be more transparent regarding its stadium "need," and what kind of tax money it is looking for. The Tampa Tribune once joined the chorus. The Tampa Bay Times has also joined recently, writing "secrecy will erode public confidence, especially in this era of public skepticism of government." It penned a similar editorial in 2016.
But the same thing is happening in Tampa that happens in cities all over the country. Even though sunshine protects taxpayers, politicians go out of their way to keep their discussions private.
By foolishly thinking they can out-negotiate leagues that squeezes taxpayers for a living, many politicians only succeed in ensuring their legacy as pro sports' "sweethearts."
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