Media literacy quiz time! Back in April, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that he wanted $70 million in public money to help him pay for a $140 million renovation of his arena, mostly to build a giant glass wall. Yesterday, Cleveland.com ran this headline:
Quicken Loans Arena, home of LeBron and the Cavs, to get $140 million makeover
Does this mean:
- A) The money was approved
- B) The money passed an important hurdle, but more approvals are still necessary
- C) Gilbert agreed to pay for the renovations himself
- D) Nothing happened at all beyond the Cavs putting out a press release
Yep, that’d be D:
The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced a striking $140 million upgrade to the Q Arena that dramatically alters the facility’s appearance and, the team says, would make the 22-year-old arena competitive by creating more space for dining, bars and public gathering…
Cleveland City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the proposed use of the city’s admission tax to pay back part of the loans.
The rest of the article is mostly just a rehash of Cavs talking points (“without any increase in taxes”! “an up-to-date arena for sports, concerts and other entertainment”! “the proposal looks pretty good compared to other small or medium-sized sports markets”!), plus a bunch of new renderings helpfully labeled “The Q TRANSFORMATION.” Somebody in the Cavs ministry of propaganda deserves a raise today.