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Inglewood's NFL Stadium Proposal Better Than Most, But Still Pretty Crony

Multibillion-dollar sports franchises don't need any additional tax breaks.



It's time for this month's "government shadily passes a crony deal to benefit a multibillion-dollar sports franchise" story.

In a city council meeting Tuesday on the construction of a football stadium for the National Football League's (NFL's) St. Louis Rams, Inglewood, Calif., mayor James T. Butts Jr. announced, "We need to do the will of the people and we need to do it tonight."

Ironically, the will of the people on this matter will never actually be known. That's because, amid a crowd of cheering Rams fans, the Inglewood council voted unanimously Tuesday to fast-track—i.e., prevent public voting on—approval of the plan.

Teams have been threatening to relocate to Los Angeles, the nation's second largest media market, for decades, but things really seem to be getting serious now. Inglewood is attempting lure back the Rams, a team that played in Southern California from 1946 to 1994, by approving construction of a stadium without any guarantee the team will actually decide to move there. It's effectively a $1.86 billion sacrificial offering to the NFL overlords.

In fairness, the planned 80,000-seat stadium will be 100 percent privately funded, which seems to be rarity in stadium deals these days. There are of course a couple of major catches, though. 

For one thing, Inglewood will reimburse the developers for expenditures on things like streets and sidewalks, assuming tax revenue from the completed project exceeds $25 million. That's a threshold the stadium is expected to easily clear, with the developer reaping an estimated $50 million to $60 million in reimbursements.

Second, the fast-tracking allows developers to bypass an environmental review process, which can often take years. While libertarians would normally praise the removal of such red tape, it's cronyism when that privilege is granted to only one politically connected private firm—and stadium developer Hollywood Park Land Co. is nothing if not well-connected.

The development company, of which Rams owner Stan Kroenke is a member, has donated $118,500 to Mayor Butts and two Inglewood councilmen since 2006, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group provided a fifth of the money Butts raised for a possible 2015 runoff election campaign.

A far better policy would be to grant tax breaks and/or remove regulatory red tape for all private businesses.

The vote was not supposed to occur so soon, but with the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders threatening a joint move to the City of Angels—complete with their own privately funded stadium—local politicians are in a race to see who can land a team the fastest. For Inglewood, that means granting some special privileges. The city's proposal now joins three other potential NFL stadium development projects in L.A.

As many as five teams have been linked to potential moves there, which just proves the city need not provide any additional incentive to lure a team their way.

Kroenke has already received over $1.3 billion from the city of St. Louis, and Missouri is now bribing him with $500 million in public funds in the hopes his team will stay. It must be rough living a billionaire's life, deciding between hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in one city vs. tens of millions in tax breaks and an even bigger media market in another.

Considering many cities are now forking over checks in the ballpark of hundreds of millions for sports stadiums, though, perhaps we should be glad the cronyism in this Inglewood plan is so mild.

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  1. I wonder if the local watermelons will let the ER get ignored.

    1. It’s Inglewood. They’re too poor to have watermelons.

      Well, the kind of watermelons you’re talking about, anyway.

  2. OT – I want to stay off controversial topics, so I will simply share this video of Planned Parenthood staff accepting donations to abort black babies.

    Thanks to Live Action, they won’t be able to claim he said/she said, or “they just made it up,” etc.…..different/

    1. I see what you did there.

  3. I’d rather have cronyism than nonyism. Better someone be allowed to bypass some dumb rules than nobody.


    A small bit of justice

    1. There is no justice until Gruber is beheaded and his head left on the steps of the capitol as a warning.

      1. Gruber isn’t the one who *did* anything. He just has a big mouth and can’t keep a secret. He’s pretty low on my list.

        1. Gruber actually scammed taxpayers by billing for a number of hours that is physically impossible to achieve. Somebody posted the link a while back, but I’m too lazy to look it up.

          1. Jordan|2.25.15 @ 10:37PM|#
            “Gruber actually scammed taxpayers by billing for a number of hours that is physically impossible to achieve.”

            That’s true and it makes him all the more pathetic; it’s not good enough to bump elbows with the powerful and have them in awe of your doctorate. You gotta pull the small-town corruption card out of your pocket and over-bill, too.
            Slimy enough, but it remains weak tea compared to the disaster foisted on us by that hag Pelosi and the lying POS Obo.

    2. Baker forces Obamacare architect Gruber off board plank

      Now we’re talking.

    3. What amazes me is how many places this asshole got hired across the country.

      I suppose it’s because like many of these used-car-salesmen advisors, he told everyone what they wanted to hear. And really, the only crime for Gruber is that he was just saying what the left was thinking. In those videos where he talks about how stupid the public is everyone else in the room is nodding along and laughing with him.

      Fuck you that’s why.

      1. I’m sure they also hired him for his access. You know in case your state needed a critical waiver or more money for increased medicaid rolls, you could always use Gruber and his rolodex of the current administration.

        Now that he has become toxic, why give the fuck any money? He is worthless without his access.

        1. I suppose it is gratifying to know that the little shit weasel is losing these gigs but he’s laughing at us all the way to the bank.

          1. I tell myself that the little shit weasel would rather be poor but still have his pull and access than to be rich and just one of us peasants so I can get to sleep at night.

            I don’t know if it is true, but he seems like the kind of guy who will be destroyed when he can’t get a phone call returned, or no one will book him for their talks/panels.

  5. “Joe Biden Invokes Abraham Lincoln in Emancipation of Wealth Flub…

    “”Biden told approximately 100 guests, including past civil rights activists and NBC weatherman Al Roker that “A lot of wealthy white and black people aren’t bad but they control 1% of the economy and this cannot stand.”

    “”It’s not fair because the business experts are saying that concentration of wealth is stunting growth. So let’s do something that’s worthy of emancipation,” said Biden, according to a press pool report of the event.
    Then, explaining the impact of Civil War era emancipation, Biden concluded, “What happened is not only did we move toward freeing black Americans but also the conscience of white Americans.””…..flub/3439/

  6. Since this may not be obvious to everyone, Inglewood is at the end of the landing flight path for all commercial aircraft inbound to LAX. All commercial flights take off to the west, over Dockweiler Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Even those going eastbound, until the sound of jet engines is muffled enough to make the place livable, go over the ocean.

    Inglewood has a lower-middle-class/working-class demographic, mostly mexicans and blacks. There’s nothing to squeeze from the taxpayers there even if the City made a promise or two to the investors. The locals will not be buying many $200 seats at this new stadium, but they will be delivering after-game pizzas to the attendees.

    See!, at least I try to stay on topic.

    1. You are the very best of us.

    2. deep-dish pizzas.

    3. Well, you think they’re going to plop a stadium in the middle of Brentwood? Perish the thought!

      1. There have been many attempt to resurrect an NFL venue in Los Angeles. The City of Industry (with no opposition) couldn’t do it. No refurbs of the Rose Bowl or the Collesium were acceptable. The new stadium has to be near an airport and a source of low-cost labor, so as not to inconvenience the 0.1%’er attendees.

        I am testing out my new populist political position here. Bugs?

        1. Uh, not bad, let’s see…..
          Oh, how about the 1% arriving in private jets manned by under-paid pilots and attendants!

  7. It’s bad enough to be forced to pay for an NFL team’s facilities, but to have to pay for the Rams…

    1. They won’t get the Rams, but they may get one of the teams in the league I’m going to start.

      1. Have you named it yet? Can I suggest a canine name, like the Huskies or Wolves? We’ve got all these big cat teams already and could use some balance.

        1. I propose “Useless little yappie mutts”—

          To honor the Botard!

  8. “Inglewood is attempting lure back the Rams, a team that played in Southern California from 1946 to 1994, by approving construction of a stadium without any guarantee the team will actually decide to move there.”

    In their defense, the chances of some NFL team wanting to move to the country’s second largest market (or the NFL wanting to expand there) are very high.

    The most embarrassing this, I think, is the fact that the site, the old Hollywood Park, is directly across the street from the LA Forum.

    The LA Forum was built exclusively at the cost of Jack Kent Cook, who owned both the LA Kings and the LA Lakers, and eventually traded teams and gave away the Rams to get the mighty, mighty Redskins.

    Jack Kent Cook thought the worst way possible to make fans in a new market was to effectively raise their taxes in order to build a stadium, and the ability to keep unions and city workers out of the concessions more than paid for whatever he was going to get from the city to build the stadium, too.

    Perfect indictment of the monstrosity they’re going to build across the street. I can understand Inglewood’s desperation, though. If you can’t keep a casino and racetrack in business, you know you’re in a shitty area. And it’s not like anything else is going to fall out of the sky to bring more revenue into the area.

    1. Caps and Penguins are in a team brawl going across each other benches. And the puck practically just dropped.

      Putting the Penguins and the Caps in the same division doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a God who answers. It may just mean that if there is a God, he’s a true hockey fan.

      They all better lace their boots on tight tonight. It’s gonna be a slobber-knocker.

  9. The Coliseum and the Rosebowl are both perfectly fine locations. I wonder why those are being ignored…

    1. The Coliseum is terrible.

      It’s an even worse neighborhood than Inglewood. I saw the ‘skins play the Raiders there back in the day.

      Looking at the people there was like Escape From New York. …and that was just on the streets on the way to the game.

      Is there anywhere in the country where a better school than USC is in a worse neighborhood?

      University of Pennsylvania maybe?


      Anyway, the other problems with the Rose Bowl and Coliseum is that there’s no good way to add sky boxes.

      That’s where the profits are.

      Too hard to add ’em. That’s why Davis went back to Oakland. That’s why Georgia moved to St. Louis. That and the fact that half the people in town’s favorite football team was named something like Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente.

      1. Is there anywhere in the country where a better school than USC is in a worse neighborhood?

        That is a good question. Penn and Drexel are in a pretty horrible neightborhood. Is Yale worse? Johns Hopkins? U of Chicago? Brown?

        1. Rutgers is a good place to get shot.

        2. Georgia Tech is

          1) Surrounded by ghetto on all sides.
          2)One of the few places where its illegal to carry in the state.

          Result, Tech is basically a hunting preserve for Atlanta thugs.

        3. Cal!
          It’s in Berkeley, for pete’s sake.

          1. Durham sucks ass, so Duke has that going for it. Meanwhile, Chapel Hill is beautiful.

  10. Willing to reconsider my position on the death penalty for this gentleman

    “Sacramento police have arrested an Oakland man on suspicion of torture in the burning death of a dog found inside a cage carrier in North Sacramento. The incident happened in the morning hours of Jan. 22 when Sacramento Metro firefighters found debris in the front of the Oak Plains Masonic Lodge along Becerra Way. The incident happened in the morning hours of Jan. 22 when Sacramento Metro firefighters found debris in the front of the Oak Plains Masonic Lodge along Becerra Way…Authorities said that the dog was about 8-9 months old at the time of death. It was a small, tan-colored, mixed-breed female dog. She was burned alive.”…..paign=KCRA 3 – KCRA3&Content; Type=Story&linkId=12477727

    1. Yeah, I wouldn’t mourn this guys death, to say the least…

    2. Reconsidering the death penalty for an animal? wtf?

      1. He has trouble…. relating to people.

      2. I believe that’s what’s known as a joke.

        1. Hyperbole surely, but not a joke.

  11. How about a fun dog/cop story for once? No nut punches.…..een-found/

  12. Dude that makes a lot of sense man.

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  14. I just got paid usd6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that’s cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over usd 9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do,,,,,,

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