Making up for last week’s skeptical look at the economic benefits of stadiums, yesterday’s Kansas City Star followed up with an article that began:
Imagine the Portland Royals. Or the Charlotte Royals. What about the Los Angeles Chiefs? Or Anaheim Chiefs?
Those are among the cities that have their eyes on Kansas City’s major-league teams if Jackson County voters do not approve an April 4 sales-tax measure that would help fund renovations at the Truman Sports Complex.
All that’s missing are the sound effects.
The rest of the article is more of the same, with vague rumors of the relocation menace – “San Antonio is proposing a $300 million open-air stadium that would include $200 million in public funding”! (well, one guy is), “Portland and Norfolk even have active organizations dedicated to bringing a big-league team to their communities”! – and wall-to-wall quotes from sports boosters in these other cities, plus one from the head of the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission alleging: “The reality is these two Kansas City treasures will be able to leave at the end of the year, and other cities will want to take them from us.” Number of sports business experts asked about the likelihood of either team actually taking flight? Zero. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: When you have the media and politicians writing your blackmail notes for you, that makes it a lot easier to play good cop.