Rich dudes demand $129m in tax money for St. Louis MLS stadium, because teams are expensive, yo

Hey, so it turns out the prospective owners of a prospective St. Louis MLS team don’t really want taxpayers to give them $80 million toward a new stadium! No, they really want $129 million in money toward a new stadium, when you count $40 million in state tax credits, plus $9 million in state money to prepare the land. (Plus $15 million in city money to buy the land, which would “presumably” come out of the city’s $80 million, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which isn’t really all that reassuring.)

The best part of the Post-Dispatch article, though, is this:

The application, prepared by the city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, puts the total estimated cost of the stadium and acquiring a team at $405 million. SC STL, led by former Bain Capital executive and majority investor Paul Edgerley, St. Louis FC founder Jim Kavanaugh, and former Anheuser-Busch president Dave Peacock, would provide $280 million, including the $200 million team expansion fee.

That’s right: The official explanation of why a bunch of rich guys — Bain Capital you may remember as the private equity firm that made Mitt Romney wealthy at the expense of a whole lot of other people — need $129 million in public money to build a $205 million stadium is “Well, we’re already spending $200 million to buy a team! You want us to do that and build a stadium too? What are we, made of mon — er, let me rephrase that…”

St. Louis voters are scheduled to go to the polls in the spring to decide on this deal. One hopes that they’ll be able to cast their votes based on whether this is a sucktastic proposal and not whether they like soccer, but sadly it doesn’t look like “What the hell is this, go back to the drawing board and negotiate a deal where we aren’t giving a bunch of billionaires $129 million for no damn reason other than that they just spent a lot of money on their new toy” will actually be on the ballot.

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5 comments on “Rich dudes demand $129m in tax money for St. Louis MLS stadium, because teams are expensive, yo

  1. The land is to purchased by the City from MoDot. Therefore no property taxes. Of course I doubt that MoDot pays property taxes now.

  2. If St. Louis wants a MLS team they will vote yes, if the don’t then another city will get the team, plain & simple! GO SOUNDERS!!!

    1. It’s not new and shiny. Also, they keep feeding the citizens this “MLS demands outdoor soccer specific stadiums” lie. Even though lots of teams are playing in NFL or baseball stadiums (Seattle, Atlanta, New England, NY City, and Portland, in a former MiLB stadium.) Soccer is better outdoors on grass, but St Louis in the summer is hot and humid. An indoor game might be welcome. Or they could de-dome the dome. And de-upper deck it. And de plastic it. That’s a lot of D’s.

  3. Quit picking on billionaires Mr. deMause. We are people too. Rich, greedy, disgustingly selfish and often narcissistic people, but people nonetheless!

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