Friday roundup: More renderings, more on the LeBron effect myth, and more bad Raiders PSL decisions

Wow, it’s Friday already? How did that happen? Anyway, let’s see what’s left in the ol’ news hopper:

  • Whoops, forgot to include the stadium renderings that David Beckham’s group released this week in my last post, probably because they’re really boring and have no fireworks or spotlights or lens flare or anything. Also not pictured: the fleet of trucks carrying off the toxic waste that sits under the site.
  • Somebody has finally studied the actual economic impact of LeBron James on the Cleveland area, and far from the urban legend, data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows that overall GDP growth in the metro area has actually slowed since James returned from Miami. Now, that doesn’t mean that James is bad for the Cleveland economy — there are way bigger factors at work that affect GDP — but it does mean that at best, he didn’t really move the needle much on local earning. Can somebody please tell Drake now?
  • The Las Vegas Raiders announced their PSL pricing, and it’s a whopping $20,000 to $75,000, more in line with what the San Francisco 49ers are charging than, say, the Atlanta Falcons or Minnesota Vikings. And there will be other seats with no PSLs attached, so if fans want to go to games, they can always opt for the no-down-payment option and just sit in the nosebleeds. I feel like I’ve seen this somewhere before and it didn’t go well — oh, right.
  • The Arizona Coyotes have a new CEO, Ahron Cohen, so what does he have to say when asked about the team’s arena plans? “Really, the most important thing for us right now and what we’re focusing on is achieving our core goals. Those are building hockey fandom in Arizona, building a competitive team on the ice, and positively impacting our community. Ultimately, we have to figure out our long-term arena solution. But that problem is solved by achieving those three goals I laid out.” Put that into Google translate, select Corporate Bureaucrat to English, and we get, let’s see: “Hell if I know.” Glad to see some things are consistent with the Coyotes!

17 comments on “Friday roundup: More renderings, more on the LeBron effect myth, and more bad Raiders PSL decisions

  1. MLS has made itself perfectly clear that it is a real estate conglomerate that will occasionally put on a soccer game.

  2. I’m from Vegas and there is no warm reception here. People are more so happy to be working. Raiders depending on the LA crowd and the Bay crowd to supplement the fan support. Big yawn in Vegas…..too many acts to compete with.

  3. Neil, the Coyotes don’t really exist. They’re used by other teams to send their retired players with bad contracts.

    • Retired players? More like ‘injured’ never to play again.
      And their contracts are worth $10.7 million toward their CAP!
      One of the cheapest teams in the league!

    • In fairness to the Coyotes (no, I can’t believe I just wrote that…) they didn’t invent the idea of taking on the bad contracts of retired players who haven’t suited up in 3 seasons for ‘strategic’ reasons…

      The NBA has featured this sort of thing for years (though for entirely different reasons, as teams have to take back expiring contracts in order to move the long term big contracts they want to dump… not to use mathematical fakery to reach the NHL salary floor as the Coyotes and other teams are doing).

      I’ll pause here so others can contribute Garth Snow/Alexandre Daigle/Alexei Yashin contract jokes at will.

  4. Re: the Raider PSL’s, those are for the club seats only. Pricing for non-club PSL’s should come out Tuesday.

  5. Ahron Cohen should fit into the position quite nicely,
    since his anagram is ‘Ha Con Honer’!

  6. I get what the Coyotes are saying “we need to make sure we have enough fans who would miss us if we left in order to make our threat of leaving actually mean something” Last time they went to the state for money the state house or senate leader (I don’t remember which one I just saw a clip of an interview) said he didn’t even know the Coyotes were still in Arizona.

    • You are exact right!
      With this whole ‘community’ thing, which they have been doing in varying degrees for 20+ years now, and since 2009, have had a variety of ‘issues’ which are too numerous to list here.
      That being said, Andrew Barroway and the NHL will ultimately lay the blame on the local city governments, and the fans, when there is no significant change in outcome from this bogus three goal strategy announcement.

    • Me too. But isn’t it already used for a productive purpose in it’s current state? Would it be worth demolishing the existing golf course and the state or city paying whatever cost for removing the toxic material just so a private company could build a different development on the same land?

  7. Regarding:
    “omebody has finally studied the actual economic impact of LeBron James on the Cleveland area, and far from the urban legend, data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis shows that overall GDP growth in the metro area has actually slowed since James returned from Miami.”

    What about the possibility that without James, the overall GDP growth would have slowed even more or even shown a decline?

  8. Yes! The Coyotes, the gift that keeps on giving. Could this be the hill Gary dies on?