More Stadiums

Credit to political commentator Robert Patillo, who likely knows far more about sports than I, for reminding us that we have had NINE professional sports team stadiums with very few national titles.

Fulton County Stadium + Georgia Dome + Mercedes Benz = No Titles

Omni + Phillips Arena + State Farm Arena = No Titles

Fulton County Stadium + Turner Field + Suntrust Field = ONE Title

 

Shouldn’t Georgia’s sports teams WIN more to keep getting upgraded stadiums on tax payer dollars?  I’ll admit I am not big on sports so I am with a rare group of Americans who just don’t get the fascination with watching other people play a game, sweat, and in the case of Georgia teams – often lose.  I like college sports because they have bands.

Welp here is to hoping that we finally take care of the neighborhoods surrounding these upgraded stadiums as well as we take care of the stadiums themselves.

In an effort to laugh to keep from crying … I got a nice giggle from Douglasville Mayor Pro Tem Richard Segal’s reaction to the story.

No one burned down you she-shed Sheryl! But they did take down your big screen Philips TV.

#NFLProtest #BeBest

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Benevolus
Benevolus

OK, nitpick: The Atlanta Knights won an IHL title!

But anyway, to the bean counters titles probably cost money. Suddenly you gotta give everybody a bonus and a raise, have parades and buy lots of champagne, the rings… Coming close to a title but not winning probably makes more economic sense.

Rambler14
Rambler14

Why should winning matter?

Provided that each franchise provides more + economic growth than the amount of public $ they take in, isn’t that a win for all of us?

bethebalance
bethebalance

This cost/benefit has been studied extensively, and to my memory, it’s rare to find that equation resulting in a net positive economic gain- given that it’s also very difficult to measure in any event. But it’s the non-economic benefits (community cohesion or pride or spirit, e.g.) that are often used to justify the net expense.
And if you think of it in those terms, winning would raise community spirits more than losing, thus resulting in greater net benefit.
But the best stadiums can’t overcome how a team is managed.

Benevolus
Benevolus

And the trend lately has been for expensive suites, or season ticket packages that the corporations want as perks for clients, employees, and themselves.
If we didn’t have pro sports to go to they would have to go to plays or the opera. Gotta keep ’em out of the strip clubs.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

That’s why public money in stadiums is over-rated. Fan spending at stadiums is largely spending that would occur somewhere locally.

armanidog
armanidog

High school football is declining faster than most folks thought it would.
http://www.wvtf.org/post/declining-numbers-end-some-high-school-football-programs
https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/08/29/arizona-high-school-football-trending-towards-lower-numbers/1125712002/
https://www.today.com/video/high-school-football-participation-numbers-dropping-amid-health-concerns-1305621059825?v=railb
I guess the NFL could start recruiting worldwide but competition from futbol (soccer) and other sports is drawing young viewers and participants away from the traditional big three.

Cobb county required a sellout by its commissioners to authorize a new stadium. I bet if the county had held an election it would not have been built.
I just glad I didn’t end up paying extra property taxes and sales taxes for any of the three stadiums.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Football is going to largely die off because parents will steer their children away from “playing” something that turns the brain into mush.
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Three stadiums? Four counting the two million a year Gwinnett County is paying for the Braves Triple A farm team’s stadium. I’ve shared this link previously: “The Braves Play Taxpayers Better Than They Play Baseball”
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https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-atlanta-braves-stadium/

chamblee54
chamblee54

When it comes to schools and roads, we don’t have enough money. When the pro sports teams want a new facility, the money appears.

Gregs
Gregs

You left off “coolray” field in Gwinnett. A deal cut in complete secrecy and for which lofty promises were made and is now a significant drain on taxes for a county that can’t afford transit.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Let’s just get to the meat of the matter. The Hawks suck and don’t deserve this and who would miss them if the moved on? I wouldn’t. The Hawks will never win anything, as they are pure garbage. Even so, I don’t get the logic of this idea. Since the Falcons haven’t won a Superbowl, then they should still be playing in Fulton County Stadium? UGA hasn’t won a title since the first Reagan Administration and that toilet bowl-looking stadium has gone through plenty of improvements and upgrades. That train track right east of the stadium reminds of this locomotive:… Read more »