Stadium? Oh right. Stadium. Gotcha. We’ll get right on that.

Chris Needham over at Capitol Punishment is shinning the light on what’s going on with the stadium we’ve got, and the stadium we’re gonna build here in DC for the Nats:

The already-delayed lease negotiations for the stadium will be even later. Today, MLB’s thug-in-chief, Jerry Reinsdorf claimed that he’s too busy with the White Sox to negotiate properly, so that it’s highly unlikely that the stadium lease will be signed before the end of the post-season, and, by extension, that the Nats won’t have new owners til the end of the World Series. (Remember, the offseason truly gets started two weeks after the World Series.)

While RFK has its charm, it certainly could use some updates that I’m not sure can be easily retrofitted: telephone lines throughout the stadium allowing for processing of credit cards at vendors, better concessions equipment, sightlines for all those sits underneath the overhang. All season long, the Nats have languished under the thumbs of the owners of Major League Baseball, all at the expense of the fans. Of course, we may not get owners until well after the World Series, meaning less time to rethink and reorganize in the winter off months. Needham’s right: “And, as in all cases involving sports business, it’s the fans who get it in the keister.”

Spot on.

Of course, he’s also got stuff on Comcast and Peter Angelos, which is absolutely worth reading.

2 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 2:34 pm

    “telephone lines throughout the stadium allowing for processing of credit cards at vendors”

    Are hardlines really all that necessary anymore?

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 7th, 2005 @ 2:42 pm

    I’d rather hard lines than wifi :D Nothing like snoopable credit card stuff.

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