As I wrote earlier today, here is the New York Times this morning:
“With state and local budgets stretched by the recession, politicians are only now starting to look askance at privately held teams trying to tap the public till.”
Here’s Ballpark Digest, reporting on the ballpark situation in Richmond, Virgina — home of the Eastern League’s Flying Squirrels — just this afternoon:
[T]he Flying Squirrels clearly caught the imagination of the community, leading the Eastern League in attendance. And that seems to have impressed Richmond city leaders, who now are talking favorably about public funding of a new ballpark.
Political leaders only “look askance” at these things after the ballpark is built and after the riches they claim it will bring to the community fail to be realized.