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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Trump is so mean, the Raiders may have to stay in Oakland

Disrespecting the flag, the national anthem and the nation itself has consequences.

It may stop the Oakland, I mean, Los Angeles, no, I mean the Oakland Raiders from moving to Las Vegas.

Moves are afoot in Washington to retaliate against the unpatriotic NFL by ending a tax break that enables the league to get billion-dollar stadiums for nearly nothing.



From NBC-owned Pro Football Talk:
More and more NFL owners may be regretting the millions they gave to the President, because the President may be taking away the ability of NFL owners to get millions from the government.
The proposal to overhaul the tax code includes a provision that would eliminate tax breaks for cities and states that borrow money to build stadiums. And the NFL, according to Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal (via SportsBusiness Daily) is pushing back.
“We believe that the construction of new stadiums and renovations of stadiums are economic drivers in local communities,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told Beaton. “If the idea is to promote economic growth, this would be a step backwards.”
The proposed tax bill would target the tax exemption on municipal bonds, and those bonds have become a key piece of the $750 million in public funding that will build a new stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas.
It’s way too early to suspect that the provision, if it becomes law, would actually keep the stadium from being built, but it’s definitely a potential complication for the NFL — and just another thing that a league suddenly under siege needs to worry about.
"A league suddenly under siege"?

Balderdash.

They did this. They decided to dishonor the flag. They pay the price.

NBC rakes in billions for Comcast by using those taxpayer-built stadiums as a stage for their weekly Sunday night NFL games -- hence the slam on President Trump in the "news" story.

The NFL owners own these weekly displays of anti-Americanism.

Make no mistake. That is what it is.

Colin Kaepernick started this by refusing to stand for the anthem because he sees America as an oppressive nation:
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
His view is now the league's view. Their decision. The Pittsburgh Steelers made Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger and veteran of Afghanistan, apologize for respecting the flag before a September 24 game.

But then the league says it cannot stop the players from hating the country.

Fine, move to England. Players stood for "God Save the Queen" but not for "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Just don't make American taxpayers foot the bill anymore.

By the way, if Nevada has $750 million to blow on the Raiders then surely it does not need as much money from the federal treasury for its Medicaid program.

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21 comments:

  1. ...former CLINTON spox Joe Lockhart, you mean?

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  2. Those stadiums provide jobs for the NCAA players who didn't make the cut. The ones who don't end up in prison..... Both??? of them.

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  3. This has already worked itself out in Cleveland where the city hasn't had a real NFL team since the early 90s.

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  4. Bob Kraft built his stadium for the NE Patriots using his own money, without a tax handout from the state of Taxachusetts, if I recall correctly. If he could do it, so can the other billionaire owners of the NFL. Just sayin'.

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  5. All these projects are promoted as "improving the local economy". And yet...they don't.

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    1. They certainly do not improve the local economy. And created jobs are mostly seasonal, minimum-wage jobs. Too often the taxpayers are on the hook for any shortfalls. Waste of time and money. -- BJ54

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  6. As a Nevada resident (but not from Las Vegas), I say let the Raiders stay in Oakland. This state doesn't need to be blowing wads of cash on a sports stadium.

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  7. Joe Lockhart is a true-blue liberal Democrat.

    In other words, what he knows about creating economic growth could fit on the head of a pin.

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    1. And have room to move around! --BJ54

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  8. As someone who lives in Las Vegas, this would be the most awesomest news yet about our most awesomest president. Almost no one here in Las Vegas wants the Raiders. And yet we're being forced to pay for a $2 billion corporate welfare stadium no one wants for a team no one wants.

    PS: It was the stupid Republicans in our state legislature who crammed this give away down our throats. After they voted in a stupid, poorly-conceived "commerce" tax on businesses. They promptly got voted out of office and we now have a Dem-majority state legislature because, if you're going to have a legislature full of tax raisers, at least have the tax raisers be Dems who will share a few crumbs with the rest of us.

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    1. Well, retro, glad to hear you're all in on this. I mean, it coulda been a lot worse. President Felonia Von Pantsuit (BIG h/t Colonel) approves the move, increases the tax breaks, and smiles and nods as Lost Wages welcomes their new team, the Snipers. 6 gazillion dollars on an indoor stadium, a la Arizona (another McLame Masterpiece), and you get stuck with the little stuff. Fuck the NFL.

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    2. retro - if it is of any consolation, the Republicans just raised taxes in Surber's state so the Republican governor can secure $1.6 billion in bonds for road projects. 30 years of guaranteed debt! This is after Dem Govs have cut taxes (it's true!) over the last few years.
      This all proves my long standing point, doesn't matter if you are R or D. Politicos are in it for their pocketbooks. Average man be damned.

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  9. Here in Jacksonville, The Weaver Family got a free stadium for the Jaguars. I watched them level an entire low income neighborhood for parking lots and they moved a number of businesses elsewhere. The Jaguars did not bring any betterment of local economy and they still keep begging for free stuff while we all pay the freight for an NFL team. Agree with ZRegime's last sentence...

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  10. It's a bad investment. If the current trend continues what will they be using a stadium for? The local high school stadiums could hold the fans. In a decade or two people will be asking "What was the NFL?"

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    1. And the answer will be, "Dead." One can only hope. Billionaires living off the middle class and then letting our country be dissed this way do not need MY money. -- BJ54

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  11. Don't forget, Trump's tried his reverse-Midas touch on Pro Football as an owner and it worked out about as well as one might expect. More failure and lawsuits.

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  12. If the municipal bond exemption is enough to sink a stadium project, it was a clinker to begin with.

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  13. Just like the last post. You reap what you sow NFL.

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  14. Pro Football Talk is filled with balderdash these days, to be polite. The impresario, a lawyer (from WV, no less!) named Mike Florio regularly runs a new article about Colon Krapernick and his campaign against the NFL's "collusion" against him, always expressing amazement that no NFL team will hire the miscreant (if you check the site in '15 he badmouthed CK, and last year called him one of the worst QB's in the NFL, but that's all gone down the memory hole). He also refuses to use the word "Redskins" in his articles, but occasionally it slips through.
    Jason Whitlock wrote an article in the WSJ the other day pointing out the leftward tilt of the NFL, highlighted by the hiring of Joe Lockhart, the guy who sold Widdle Barrie his Kalorama mansion and formerly known as Bill Clinton's least-effective press secretary. I can only hope nobody shows up at any NFL games over this Veterans' Day weekend.
    ---Fred

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  15. Irony. The liberals have been trying to kill the NFL for years. Now we have the NFL committing suicide because they couldn't control their Kneegro Rebellion. And the Kneegroes? They will soon be out of a job. This will be taught in business schools along with New Coke. - GOC

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