February 28th, 2008


What's wrong with MLB

Zell won’t hesitate to sell Wrigley Field naming rights

The sale of the team has been delayed by Zell’s plan to sell the team and the stadium separately, and to have a state agency acquire and renovate Wrigley.

So it's the State of Illinois' job to buy and renovate Wrigley Field at taxpayer expense? Much as I hate to say it, the taxpayers are still paying for US Cellular Field, where the White Sox play. Not to mention that Soldier Field, where the Bears play, is still owned by the Chicago Park District. (I may be wrong about that; I haven't lived in Chicago for 20 years. But I would guess that the taxpayers are still footing the bill.)

Add to that the mess in Miami, with the Marlins threatening to leave if they don't get a taxpayer-financed stadium, and New York, where taxpayers are building new ballparks for both the Yankees and Mets. And a host of other stories like this.

People are hit with enough in taxes. They don't need to finance stadiums for professional sports.

Little known fact

Work has started to transform the Los Angeles Coliseum into a baseball stadium for the Dodgers’ exhibition game against the world champion Boston Red Sox on March 29. The game is expected to draw the largest baseball crowd in U.S. history. There have been 90,505 tickets sold, the most for any baseball game since 1959, and around 25,000 standing room tickets go on sale Saturday.

The old record was set during the 1959 World Series against the White Sox. They had crowds of 92,394, 92,650 and 92,706 for the three games. Just thought you'd be interested. Thanks to the AP for the story and Baseball-Reference.com for the actual numbers.