Maybe David Samson should rebroadcast his now infamous, “”It’s the end of the world as we know it,” line…
Florida Governor Charlie Crist didn’t give the Florida Marlins too much hope on the ability to land stadium funding next year, something that anyone that’s watched the stadium saga for the Marlins should be getting used to hearing year in and year out. As Sarah Taladay of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports on her sports business blog:
“Things have changed economically, so it might be a little more challenging under the current climate, but I would encourage them to try again,” Crist said during a meeting of the Sun-Sentinel’s editorial board. “I view it as an economic stimulant to any community that has a professional sports team.”
It’s not that Crist isn’t a backer of a new stadium for the Marlins. After all, he’s the former general counsel for Minor League Baseball. And, he’s more than willing to toot the “economic impact” horn on stadium development, regardless of how many know that that simply isn’t the case in nearly every circumstance.
“The help in my view comes for two things: people who work at the stadium, people who sell hot dogs, people who work in concession stands, people who work in the parking lots. The dovetail of economic opportunity,” Crist said.
Maybe Crist should take a page from Jerry Bell and just say, "We don't have the economic theory to back it, but we have our own two eyes."
See artist renderings of the proposed Marlins Stadium here on The Biz of Baseball