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Saturday, November 13, 2021

super stadia shuffle
It’s nothing new for the National Football League to shake down a city for stadium construction in exchange for hosting a Super Bowl (or, alternately, to get or retain a team). But the latest application of this technique, on behalf of the Atlanta Falcons and owner Arthur Blank, has an especially mercenary feel to it:

While in Atlanta, [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell made clear the connection between Atlanta hosting a third Super Bowl and Atlanta getting a new stadium.

The NFL has staged Super Bowl XXVIII and XXXIV at the Georgia Dome, which was opened in 1992.

“I think this is a great community,” Goodell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But as I mentioned to the people earlier today, the competition for the Super Bowl is really at an all-time high, in a large part because of the new stadiums. The provisions that they have for a new stadium in this great community, I think that’s a pretty powerful force. We have a history of going back to communities when they have those new stadiums.”

Lemme get this straight — the Georgia Dome, at just under two decades old, is now considered antiquated? This isn’t a facility that was built without the modern-day amenities for a big-league box — it’s got skyboxes out the yin-yang, along with plenty of retail space, advertising signage, etc. It was constructed at the start of the revenue-maximizing era for sports arenas, and not an awful lot has changed since the ’90s in those economic terms.

It’s fairly idiotic to think that a world-class venue like the Georgia Dome has a shelf life of only twenty years. This is a pure greed move by the NFL. Having already extracted new stadiums from most franchise cities, the league is now trying to re-start the process by prematurely declaring barely-used buildings as outmoded. Essentially, they’re trying to make supposedly long-term landmarks into disposable commodities, to be recycled every few years for a cash infusion to team and league.

Obviously, it’s a questionable tactic, given the economic climate. Not to mention that newer facilities like the Georgia Dome were paid for in large part with public funds, and continue to be paid off by local/state governments even after being replaced. The NFL’s past success keyed this stadium game for years, but I can’t see how it’ll work now, especially at this artificially-accelerated pace.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/13/2010 05:56pm
Category: Business, Football
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The online record is silent on just when Don King uttered this boxing-promotional quip:

But I do remember hearing it on sportstalk radio, sometime in the mid-1990s. King really touted that “double-shot power!” call to action for then-client Mike Tyson. It stuck with me. I’m surprised King, or someone else, didn’t retain it for other bouts.

For that matter, I’d like to have a copy of it myself. Maybe without the “Mike Tyson!” opener; just the “double-shot powah!” portion. It would make a nice soundbite for computer, cellphone, etc. I can’t figure out how to extract it from this Flash-based player, so I’ll have to keep looking in the scant online archives…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/13/2010 12:06pm
Category: Celebrity, Other Sports
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