Nepotism Props from Chicago
posted by November 15 at 7:50 AMon
Given how often my brother disses Seattle in favor of Chicago, just thought y’all would like to hear some praise from the city of Big Shoulders, which was blackmailed three times to build expensive new stadia with plenty of taxpayer dollars. From Neil Steinberg in today’s Sun-Times:
Don’t let the door … Whenever a sports franchise extorts a tax break or a stadium out of a city by threatening to pull up stakes and leave otherwise, citizens inevitably wonder what would happen if they called the bluff.
Usually they do that wondering while digging into their pockets for the ransom.
But in Seattle on Election Day, a miracle occurred when 74.3 percent of the voters approved a measure forbidding public funds to be spent on sports facilities. Now the so-so SuperSonics are making noises about looking for a new home.
As satisfying as this is, the great part — for me — is the name of the group that fought to end welfare for rich team owners: Citizens for More Important Things. .
OK, we have rapid transit and a Mayor-for-Life-or-til-Indicted who loves bicycle lanes, but we also ponied up for the United Center, the New Comiskey Park (Now US Cellular Field, aka The Cell) and that Mother Ship on the Lake, the New Soldier Field. Your rejection of the Sonics beats Chicago’s chickenshit ways hands-down.