Thursday, February 11, 2010

Yeah, Why Should You Have To Pay Anything?

(photo "borrowed" from The Pitch - I promise to give it back when I'm done)

I don't usually write about local politics. I used to play in that sandbox from time to time, but then a small herd of feral alleycats started treating it like their own personal literbox and now the stench of stupid from their foul and fetid droppings is strong enough to knock a buzzard off a gut-wagon at 100 paces.

So I tend to stay away. But I think I can toss this in from a safe distance and run away before being tainted.

Although I wouldn't say no to a little taint from time to time. Just sayin'.

But I digress.

Let me get to the fucking point.

I'm no sports fan. I could give a flying fuck at a rolling donut whether this town has ANY sports teams at all. Big, dumb, spoiled, violent jocks getting paid millions of dollars to hurt each other and disappoint their paying customers isn't a spectacle I take any pleasure in.

But today, I saw this story about how Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser is no longer willing to pony-up a couple of million dollars a year to help fund the Jackson County Sports Complex, which includes Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals.

Fair enough. Kansas City isn't under any contractual obligation to support the sports complex. As I understand, I believe it's always been a "gentleman's agreement" generally understood to benefit everyone.

But if Kansas City isn't going to contribute anything at all to the sports complex, then why the fuck should the Chiefs and Royals be saddled with the name of a city that doesn't want them?

I say the teams change their names to the Jackson County Chiefs and the Jackson County Royals.

Fuck a bunch of Kansas City.


Bull E. Vard said...

Since I usually give it to you when I disagree I thought I would comment once when we're in agreement. I don't think any government entity should be subsidizing the sports business of billionaires and millionaires (or any business whatsoever for that matter).

Since KCMO is in the midst of a budget crisis they certainly shouldn't pony up any cash because of some sort of "gentlemen's agreement". Let Jackson County stick to their stupid contractual agreement. They should have gotten their agreement in writing.

Hyperblogal said...

Frankly, we haven't had professional baseball or football in this town since the 70s in one case and the 80s in the other. So I don't care if the funding is cut off from the City That's Broke. But, if we have to, and since many are enamored with the capitalistic model ... let the teams earn the money. So much for each win. I would have done that with the stadium funding too but nobody asked me.

Dan said...

XO - If the city manages to avoid paying two million dollars of taxpayer money to support something it's not even required to support, I'm thrilled, and they can call the Chiefs and the Royals whatever they want.

Chimpotle said...

The Raytown Royals gives the team a nice minor league feel that matches their style of play.

Kanga said...

Chimp: As a Raytown resident, I fro one don't want 'em.