In no particular order, or as we call it in New York, Mets style:
- Elvis Presley Enterprises is looking for property tax breaks from Memphis and Shelby County to help build a $20 million, 5,000- to 6,000-seat arena at Graceland. This could violate a non-compete clause with the Grizzlies over tax breaks for their arena, and local officials aren’t too thrilled with the request anyway: “I don’t want this body to be looked at as a pawn to sweeten the pot,” city councilmember Berlin Boyd told WMC-TV, which is a reasonable sentiment if a somewhat confusing metaphor.
- Preliminary designs for an MLB stadium in Portland look like a cross between a modernized Stade Olympique and the Jupiter 2. But there’s no reason to take these seriously as what an eventual stadium would actually look like if one is ever built, so, you know, don’t.
- The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals are seeking $100 million in public hotel-tax money from Palm Beach County to upgrade their 20-year-old spring training facility, saying they need expanded clubhouses, more batting tunnels, an expanded team store, Wi-Fi, a new scoreboard, more shaded seating areas, and “agility fields” (presumably not this kind) in order to remain “competitive.” Neither team appeared to indicate why any of this is Palm Beach County’s problem.
- North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik say that if Raleigh spends $13 million a year to build a downtown soccer stadium, it will get an MLS expansion franchise. He also said that the public will be almost entirely repaid by new tax receipts from the stadium. It is left as an exercise for the reader as to which statement is less believable.
- The Connecticut state assembly has declined to approve $100 million in renovations to Hartford’s XL Center, seeing as the place is currently up for sale. That makes sense, but it’s slightly worrisome to think that the assembly might approve $100 million in renovations after the arena is sold, unless the sale price is more than $100 million.