So it’s Thanksgivukkah+1, meaning that most of you are either sleeping off turkey latke comas or looking for Black Friday deals on smartphone-enabled Furbies. But there might be somebody sitting in an otherwise-empty office today scouring the web for things to read, so what to do? I know — bullet points, to cover some items that slipping through the cracks while we were focused on more urgent (or at least more bizarre) matters:
Chicago alderman Tom Tunney, the sometimes-nemesis of Cubs owner Tom Ricketts’ Wrigley Field renovation plans, has proposed a new “sports venue plaza liquor license” that would allow any sports stadium with a capacity of 30,000 or more — in other words, the Cubs, White Sox, or Bears — to sell alcohol in adjacent pedestrian plazas. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing or anything — given Wrigley’s small footprint, it wouldn’t hurt to get some of the beer-buying activity out of the baseball-watching part of the building — but it is a concession to the team, just as the Boston Red Sox‘ ability to use Yawkey Way for food sales is — and at the very least something you’d think the city could trade off with Ricketts in exchange for, say, not putting up illuminated ad archways over city streets. It also probably won’t make local bars too happy that Cubs fans will have more places to drink inside the park, but them’s the breaks.
Anyway, it’s just a suggestion, but one that helps indicate what a train wreck the 2014 World Cup is shaping up to be. Though at least eight years later Brazil will be able to point at the 2022 World Cup and say that at least its white elephant stadiums weren’t built by indentured servants.
“The World Cup will be held in Brazil,” [FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke] told BBC Sport.
“The first game will happen in Sao Paulo, the final will be in Rio. There is no plan B.” …
“But the most important thing for us is to detach the World Cup or the Confederations Cup from these problems. We are not the answer to all problems and we are definitely not the reason for such a crisis. We are just part of what Brazil is doing for the next 20 years.”
Just when things in the stadium and arena world seemed to be quieting down for the summer, we had a bit of a crazy week, thanks to all those sewage leaks and threats to move teams to various places. As a result, a few things fell through the cracks this week, so let’s catch up with a quick roundup post:
UC-Berkeley is trying to pay for its new $400 million football stadium by selling PSLs. It’s not going well.
Sorry for everything that is happening in Brazil. I always had faith that it would not be necessary to reach the point of “take to the streets” to demand better conditions of transport, health, education and safety, this is all OBLIGATION government … My parents worked hard to be able to provide for me and my sister a minimum quality of life … Today, thanks to the success that you give me, it would seem my demagoguery – but is not – raise the banner of demonstrations taking place throughout Brazil. But I am Brazilian and I love my country! I have family and friends living in Brazil! So Brazil also want a fairer, safer, healthier and more HONEST!! The only way I have to represent and defend Brazil is on the field, playing ball … And from this game against Mexico, I take the field inspired by this mobilization … # TamoJunto
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — About 200 people burned tires and blocked the main road in front of the Brasilia stadium that will host the Confederations Cup opener Saturday.
The protest was organized by local groups complaining of excessive costs of the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.
A black cloud of smoke was seen near the stadium Friday morning as protesters held banners complaining about the local government. Firefighters and police were called to the scene but there was no confrontation with protesters. The road was cleared early in the afternoon.
Protester Edson da Silva said the demonstrators opposed “all the money that was spent by the government” for the World Cup.
Not saying that’s a better way, mind you. Though it is worth noting that there’s no statutory limit on burning tires.