Hardball: Nats lease

D.C. Councilman Jack Evans went on WTOP today to clarify the District’s position on ballpark lease negotiations.

D.C. needs a guarantee that baseball will pay the $6 million a year lease on the stadium, and time is running out, Evans said.

“What I have told them is: This is non negotiable. So you either agree to this, or you move the team to somewhere else because we’re wasting our time,” he said.

Evans said the lease could be agreed upon “tomorrow” if baseball could only agree to the rent payment.

“If you have to guarantee us a $6 million a year guarantee, then do it. I mean, enough is enough.”

Without baseball’s guarantee of rent payment, D.C. will lose its investment-grade bond rating on Wall Street.

“It’s not me being the hard negotiator. I am boxed in by Wall Street,” Evans said. “Wall Street has said to us…that under no circumstances will they give us this investment-grade rating without this guarantee.”

Audio: The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin

1 Comment so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on November 13th, 2005 @ 8:27 am

    Wow, color me shocked. MLB wants everyone to open their pockets except themselves. No no, it’s good for the community, it builds jobs, everyone will make money. Oh, why don’t we make a commitment of our OWN cash if we’re so sure? Uhh…. I hear my mom calling, I’ll get back to you on that.

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