Friday roundup: Don’t subsidize bad people, XFL to pay St. Louis more in rent than Rams did, unscientific poll on Suns arena is unscientific

Happy first Friday roundup of 2019! I could add a whole lot of thoughts on lists I’ve read and haven’t made of the best of this and that of last year, but to save time let me just stick with saying that this song is pretty damn excellent and get right to the news of the short week:

  • Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post wrote a column about how Washington NFL team owner Daniel Snyder is a bad person and a terrible owner and should never get a dime of public stadium money because that’d be “a bailout, welfare,” none of which I can disagree with, but at the same time I’m a bit uncomfortable with the implication that if Snyder were less unpleasant, he’d then be deserving of public largesse.
  • The XFL may still be considered a bit of a joke league, but at least it can pay the city of St. Louis a decent stadium rent, unlike the Rams ever did. (Of course, the “joke league” bit is exactly why they are being required to pay real rent whereas the Rams could refuse to; there’s not much advantage to being an 80-pound gorilla.)
  • This essay responding to Amazon’s tax breaks is pretty excellent, though it’s still a half-notch below this classic Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon.
  • An opposing team manager has demanded that Tottenham Hotspur be required to play the rest of their season at Wembley rather than moving into their much-delayed stadium, because … teams that got to play them while they were adjusting to their new grounds would have an advantage somehow? From what I’ve been able to tell, most of home-field advantage in soccer comes from home fans booing (or whistling) at refs to intimidate them into making calls that go their team’s way, but the last time I tried reading the literature on this it quickly went deep into the weeds, so I won’t belabor the point.
  • “Fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena” were “surprisingly” in favor of spending public money to renovate the Phoenix Suns arena, according to Fox10 Phoenix, compared to “the online response” which was more “mixed.” This is both an impressively off-label use of “surprisingly” and an impressively lazy attempt at polling Phoenix residents — two impressively lazy attempts, even — so fine job, Fox10 Phoenix!

9 comments on “Friday roundup: Don’t subsidize bad people, XFL to pay St. Louis more in rent than Rams did, unscientific poll on Suns arena is unscientific

  1. So Vince’s hubris in the form of the XFL 2.0 gets the city of St Louis some rent money…..good for St. Louis.

    Feel better with your flu.

  2. In soccee you are allowed to choose your own pitch dimensions(within limits).
    Wembley has a fixed size but Tottenham can make the the length/width of their new home different to support their playstyle.

    • New Wembley’s pitch is presently set to 115yd x 75yd, which is the dimension “preferred” by UEFA for all tier four stadia. IIRC, the old Wembley could accommodate a slightly larger pitch (78-80yds wide).

      Spurs old ground (WHL) used a shorter pitch (110 x 73yd according to on line sources…). If Spurs wanted a shorter and narrower pitch at Wembley, they could certainly have one.

      I don’t know what dimensions the new WHL will have when it’s actually ready. I assume they will go for a tier four compliant playing surface in order to be able to host top internationals (should England bid for any), but who knows.

  3. I was so certain that the song of the year link would direct me to a JD & the Straight Shot video….

  4. There is a story out there today about The Rays closing off the entire upper deck of Tropicana Field, bringing their capacity down to 25,000 or so. I guess it was that or either go with the buy one ticket get seven free promotion to make that tomb look fuller.

    • They are getting closer to being “legends field compatible” all the time, aren’t they?

  5. I remember West Ham having issues when they moved to the new stadium. so I get where that’s coming from. For some reason fans in new stadiums take some time to adjust.