Im trying to wrap my head around the SJW angle. Like what in the actual F*** does that have to do with a stadium?There will always be an economic benefit wherever it goes. But if social justice is the objective, it will be PG County.
There is always an opportunity to improve the area around a stadium. Look at what the Orioles did for downtown Baltimore 30 years ago and what the Nationals did in Southeast more recently. I think it’s debatable if this actually helps the commmunity that lives there, or just contributes to gentrification and moves in a different group of people that then benefits from the improvements. So adding a stadium to areas that need improvement can be a consideration. But in my opinion, those decisions are made not so much about the community that lives there as much as it is about the community that will live there. So trying to say it’s about social justice goals is trying to influence where it goes more than anything else.Im trying to wrap my head around the SJW angle. Like what in the actual F*** does that have to do with a stadium?
He’s NOT a good team president imho.
I question the value of a football stadium though as compared to baseball or other sports' stadiums. The problem with football is you are only guaranteed eight events a year (plus preseason). That's not a lot of days to bring revenue into the community that flows into the local restaurants, hotels, etc. I mean I guess you have stadium concerts, too, but I think the prestige of having an NFL stadium is probably bigger than its economic benefit to the community.
I think the Senator probably means that he has no faith the team will be good enough to draw crowds that could benefit the local economy. It's not 'viable' as a competitive team in the league, and there's no indication that it ever will be.I don't think the rationale of the 'Redskins fan' Senator makes a lot of sense. Regardless of how hapless and fraudulent Dan Snyder is, the idea that an NFL franchise - ANY NFL franchise - isn't going to be 'viable' is patently ridiculous. The NFL, and ALL it's franchises, are among the most profitable in the world. They share profits and any franchise is going to bring a shit-ton of commerce and business to any community. I think what this is about is Dan Snyder. If he's really a lifelong Redskins fan, we get that - and he should just say so. In fact, he's doing all of Dan Snyder's victims a serious disservice by not stating the real reason he doesn't support the new stadium. And we all know it's not because he's concerned the franchise won't be 'viable'.
Have some balls and speak the truth. Dan Snyder is a horrible human, a disgrace in the business world, and you don't want to do business with someone like him.
He was flat out asked in a different interview today that if Snyder was no longer owner, would that change things and he said "that would make me need to take another look at things.."I'm not sure that's a 'concern' based in reality though. Even last year, Fed Ex Field drew plenty of attendees - they just weren't Washington fans Yes - attendance is down (from weekly sell outs), but we already know that with the launch of the new name (and probably a better on the field product) that season ticket sales are going to improve. A new stadium area is going to spark major business growth and revenue, it's really not debatable imho. Whether folks in that region (or the elected reps who serve them) think that is a good thing or not is another question. But the NFL doesn't lose money. Not any franchise. Not ever. Communities that host NFL franchises are business and profit havens.
As I said in my rant, the 'Senator' is by his own admission a pissed off Redskins fan. My only beef with him is that he bitched about every possible thing except the one that needs to be bitched about, a morally defunct and despicable Dan Snyder. He could have used the opportunity to point out why he is morally defunct and despicable, but he chose to issue vagueries instead. That's because politicians almost never go out of their way to piss off powerful people. The irony is, he could be helping rid the franchise of the only real factor holding them back from the rampant success many NFL teams experience.
So basically, I don't have a problem with what he said, it's that he didn't say enough