For every pie in the sky ballpark deal floating around out there, there’s always a story like this later:
Funding to pay off debt on Great American Ball Park, the home of the
Cincinnati Reds, and Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati
Bengals, is expected to be $14 million short next year, so Hamilton
County officials will discuss tonight various ways to make up the
shortfall . . . One possibility is to raise
property taxes to pre-1995 levels.
Almost every city has a newish park now, but for the couple who don’t, remember this: baseball owners will take whatever money they can from you when times are flush, and then they’ll take whatever they need from you when times are tight. It’s OK to enjoy their product, but just like we expect any other business to pay for its factory, one would think that we would expect the baseball business to pay for its places of work as well.