Nothing goes beyond the day when a sports franchise decides that good will no longer matters, that reward always outweighs the risk that evil always triumphs, because the good doesn’t bother to get out of the ass and the customer is always stupid, lazy and there is only work to do.
That day has already passed for the Cleveland Browns, so they have done all they can do – double with new outrage. If you’re looking for something memorable, call it a Watson / Billion Combo Plate, but the facts themselves are lyrical enough – that is, if your taste in film leans towards Erich von Stroheim.
Browns, who has already insulted his accomplices in the National Football League by giving Deshaun Watson a $ 230 million guaranteed guarantee after his free ban was issued, has clearly concluded that the desired gain is clearly better than not seeking approval. from others. So they look sexy and blatantly at billions of other people’s money to build a new football stadium or renovate their old one, because the 23-year-old building has been scandalously left to stand up despite being (hahk! Horror!)) The 12th oldest stadium in the league .
Browns on Monday denied announcements that they wanted a new stadium, but they did not deny the claim that everything that is done with a rotting old-class stadium has to pay for it and their plan. depends on the understanding that it is definitely not for them.
It is part of a too new nationwide initiative to get new stadiums from taxpayers in return for essentially jabura football. The Tennessee Titans are threatening to find a new place to win nine games a year at a cost of about $ 2.2 billion, with the only possibility being that citizens will pay $ 1.8 billion to maintain the current joint. Buffalo Bills was already playing blackjack in New York, giving them $ 1.4 billion. The Jacksonville Jaguars are constantly fighting to renovate their stadium to the tune of $ 800 million. And Los Angeles and Las Vegas stadiums still don’t smell cheating. An added benefit in LA is that Stan Kroenke forced his co-owners to cover most of his St. The cost of settling with County Louis.
But Browns is a special case because, unlike other team owners, Jimmy and Dee Haslam don’t even seem to be trying to communicate well with their potential partners / victims. The NFL hates them because of a fully guaranteed Watson deal. The city hates them for their 121-250-1 record after returning to the city, and that includes three full playoff games, or eight minutes of play-offs a year. And now they want a billion hawks to provide this microscopic entertainment for the next 23 years, after which Haslam’s children and grandchildren declare the new stadium a detriment to the community and demand a new one.
It is not that the stadium fraud is new, as we have seen, or that the owners do not realize that the real value of a football team actually lies in real estate and media rights rather than in real football. In this case, however, Haslamid has loudly abandoned the notion that they must look benign in order to make their dreams both real and truly profitable. People always stick to the idea that goodwill is important when planning to raise money, when in fact it ranks sixth in the list of ingredients after land, media rights, humiliation of civil servants, humiliation of ordinary citizens, and the divine right of the rich to become richer without the potential financial risk. Capitalism in its final stages always looks more like cannibalism than anything else, and the long-term sustainability of your city is their breakfast burrito.
In other words, even the owners are not protected from the brass and immorality of their companions. Stan Kroenke ran over them. Dean Spanos outperformed them. The Haslams started with 40 yards and the Watson deal put the league in front of the team. And don’t make us start with Danny Snyder.
They can do this because owners need to avoid, more than anything else, the idea that their offenses could cost them teams. It is a precedent with anthrax that they can withstand rather than weigh their co-owners’ 47-yard goal. Why worry about your reputation when you get what you want in the same way when you are naked junk?
So for sure, Cleveland. A new stadium or a massive renovation of an old one is the same thing, because after all, money is money, especially if someone else gives it to you. No sports organization deserves it less, except for Washington commanders, but that is not due to a lack of trying. That’s one thing the Haslams do for them. They can go to any owners’ meeting from now until the end of time (which is luckily no later than Labor Day) and say, “Yes, but at least we’re not Dan Snyder.” This is a very shallow ditch to clean up the reputation and is also a potential reason for keeping Snyder close.
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