January 17, 2016
When sports team owners threaten to leave a state, officials generally fall all over themselves to offer incentives to stay. In the case of the St. Louis Rams, the city and state were going to build a new stadium, even though the last publicly-funded stadium isn’t even paid off yet.
It is a continuing mystery to me why they let themselves be blackmailed by a business that could easily get its own investors; and which reaps all the profits of the taxpayers’ money with no returns or profit-sharing to the taxpayers.
Sort of like trying to figure out why Major Tom had to leave the space capsule; or the meaning of the lyrics to “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”