The Jacksonville city council unanimously approved $90 million in stadium upgrades for the Jaguars last night, half of which will be paid for by the city. The new crap will include an amphitheater, and an indoor practice field, and upgraded club seats, and a pony, and, and … okay, yes, I’m getting punchy here. Let’s just cut to an inane quote by a city official, shall we?
“We’re going to own $90 million worth of assets,” Councilman John Crescimbeni said at the meeting. “We’re going to spend 50 cents on the dollar to get there. That’s a deal that’s difficult to walk away from.”
But, but, they’re assets that the Jaguars owners will get all the revenues from, and half of which aren’t of any value unless you also own a pro football team anyway, and YARRRRGH.
Anyway, next journalist who asks me if the tide is starting to turn against sports subsidies gets smacked upside the head with a printout of all of today’s council votes.