11.21.2006

Oakland > Washington

Oakland, like Washington, wants a new baseball stadium. Makes sense. Both RFK and the Oakland Coliseum are dinosaurs. Their accommodating confines generates little in the way of offense (offense attracts stupid fans) and very little in terms of income generating luxury boxes. Both teams needed out.

We all know what happened to Washington. $686,000,000.00 of public funds are going down the toilet for what even Linda Cropp admitted would be a merely above average stadium. For the most expensive stadium ever, I want the most awesomest stadium ever. Fuck you, Linda Cropp.

Let's see what they're doing in Oakland. Oh my. They're making us look stupid.

While Washington is shelling out enough baseball cash to start an Army (which would be an interesting solution to our lack of federal representation problem), Oakland is building a stadium without the use of public funds. The Oakland Athletics bought some land in Fremont from Cisco Systems at a heavily discounted price in exchange for stadium naming rights. The money for construction is being raised in exchange for land around the stadium. That land is sure to increase in value next to a baseball park, so it's win-win for everyone.

Obviously I'm comparing apples and oranges. The Athletics had all the time in the world to come up with this ingenious plan. Washington was a bit under the gun in terms of getting a stadium built since Major League Baseball was threatening to move the team. Of course, that would have never happened. If anything, the team would have moved to Northern Virginia.

The Oakland Athletics are building in Fremont. That's 28 miles from Oakland. McLean is only 11 miles from Washington. Has it never occurred to anyone that saving the $686,000,000.00 was worth traveling the extra 11 miles? It certainly never occurred to Mayor Williams or Councilman Evans.

While our bond ratings are being jeopardized by this stadium madness, another city is showing us the easiest way to create a money-generating stadium that improves the land around it. It's exactly what we wanted at almost no cost. I honestly think that the new ballpark on the Anacostia (you know, the one surrounded by the above-ground parking garages) will end up being the shame of the city. Go Nats!

16 comments:

  1. If anything, the team would have moved to Northern Virginia.

    --that might as well be india if you're a politician in your own jurisdiction.

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  2. Would there have been a little bit of egg in the Council's face? Yes. But considering the crap they're getting now for the stadium giveaway, maybe a little egg is a small price to pay.

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  3. Ted Kennedy's LiverNovember 21, 2006

    The Mets mew stadium is costing $800 million. Stop crying about this already.

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  4. Only $185M of that is public money. CitiGroup is making a $400M investment for naming rights and the rest is being covered by the Mets.

    I will continue to complain about it until people get their facts straight.

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  5. $686 million earns DC residents the right to bitch about this for eternity.

    although i do like the idea of our own army (but i would just settle for having my gun rights back).

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  6. for those of us who have to live and work in mclean, don't shit in our yard. don't want the nationals. don't want a stadium. don't want the taxes. don't want the traffic.

    enjoy the mediocre money pit and the mediocre team that plays in it.

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  7. I Love Baseball! I love our overpriced stadium. I love and cherish the fact that all the bling bling crowd in SE will work there cause they got no "edyoukaytion" because we the people with power and $ want it that way!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS! GO NATS!

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  9. and Skins too! (thats REDSKINS for the PC offended)

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  10. This stadium isn't really a stadium at all.

    It's the latest national monument to commemorate America's wasteful spending on mindless crap.

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  11. $686,000,000 = $1,143.33 per resident of DC, assuming all residents pay taxes which we know they don't. If they got all that money to spend, they need to try paving 11th street between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dickheads.

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  12. DC (as well as the rest of the east coast) will always suck in comparison to California. You people got the sorry lot of it all.

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  13. yournamehereNovember 27, 2006

    Carrie-
    As has been addressed here and elsewhere, it's not taxes on residents that pay for this stadium. It's taxes on businesses in D.C.
    It's still ridiculous, but unless you're a business owner, it's not coming out of your pocket, either.

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  14. Since a lot of people in Washington work for businesses, I would say it hits the pocketbook of my fellow piants too.

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  15. interesting comments concerning the stadium fiasco. im a lifelong washingtonian ( pray for me!)-and a baseball fan, but this team is washington's in name only. next baseball season, take a stroll through one of rfk's parking lots,and count the tags... most are from virginia... now i see this is as another example of us being little more than va's playground-so it would be fitting if the team played there. maybe we could even change the name.. the virginia suv's... the virginia macacas.. something....

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  16. dunno what you're talking about here.... but the City of Oakland California is loosing the As. Maybe it's true to say "the zillionaires who own the Oakland Athletics want a new taxpayer financed stadium". T

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