Friday roundup: Pandemic could delay Rams and Chargers stadium, drain hotel tax base for Raiders stadium (and kill millions of people, oh yeah)

And so we come to the close of Week 2 of Coronavirusworld, with still little way of knowing what Week 3 will bring, let alone Week 8 and beyond. (I just now started to write about this far less grim response to Tuesday’s London study, until I noticed none of the authors are infectious disease specialists and the claim that contact tracing can keep infections under control was cited to a single Chinese news story that said nothing of the sort, so maybe stay grim for the moment?) With pretty much all of the sports world now shut down, though — except for Australian Rules Football for some reason — sports journalists have begun looking down the road at longer-term effects of the pandemic, resulting in some useful and some not-so-useful reporting:


9 comments on “Friday roundup: Pandemic could delay Rams and Chargers stadium, drain hotel tax base for Raiders stadium (and kill millions of people, oh yeah)

  1. “…none of the authors are infectious disease specialists and the claim that contact tracing can keep infections under control was cited to a single Chinese news story that said nothing of the sort…”

    It is fantastic to learn that composers of articles on infectious disease matters operate just the same as sports stadium economics consultants do. Thank you, Neil.

    • The Silnas? Oh yes, you can count on it…

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/sports/basketball/former-aba-owners-ozzie-and-daniel-silna-earn-millions-from-nba.html

      • Jordan:

        There was a conditional deal announced a few years ago… however (assuming it did go through, and I have not been able to confirm that it was agreed as written or at all) it did not end all payments to the Silna(s). They were supposed to receive a $500m up front payment to buy out a significant portion of their deal (which I believe they did, in either 2014 or 2015), but they were also left with some residual annual earnings still in place from the ‘other revenue streams” matter they were suing the NBA over.

        http://www.thepritchettlawfirm.com/category/contracts/

        So, the remaining Silna brother is still cashing NBA checks, as are Ozzie’s descendants I would assume.

  2. Neil: Do you see sports facility projects becoming part of a pork spending oops “Stimulus” Package? New A’s Stadium, Clippers Arena, NYCFC Stadium and Redskins Stadium bring examples of this?

    • Depends whose lobbyists scramble to the top of the heap the fastest.

      As I wrote the other day, the scale of this economic disruption is so huge that the government is going to end up determining winners and losers, by what it does and doesn’t do to pick up the pieces. So it all depends on who’s writing the post-pandemic spending packages, and who’s whispering in their ears.

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