Sunday, July 23, 2006

No One Cares About The Fans

Sports teams don't care about fans. Yet amazingly, fans hold all of the strings. Fans buy the merchandise, watch and listen to broadcasts, and pay to attend games. RSL knows its consumers want their own stadium, and they want that stadium to be downtown and as cheap and simple as possible. But what actually happened? RSL put together a FAILURE of a plan that was in Sandy, extremely expensive, and mindbogglingly complex economically and politically. 1) RSL knew it could just get new fans in Sandy 2) Organized "fans" wrote this deadly blank check,"we don't care where or how, we'll still show up."

7 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

Ethan, call ReAL and Dave so I can put together a plan for ReAL Davis County.

7/23/2006 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

ReAL Bountiful! Sounds beautiful!

7/23/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger the Bardguy said...

"2) Organized "fans" wrote this deadly blank check,"we don't care where or how, we'll still show up."

So what? I'm glad to have a Major League Soccer team here in the valley. It would be a minor hardship to go to the games in Utah County or Davis County. I'm not sure that demanding that the stadium be in downtown makes me more or less of a "fan". Some "fans" won't go to the games if there anywhere but downtown...

7/23/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

There is some land in North Salt Lake, just off the 215. It is in Davis County near the Jordan River. It is where the soccer complex that we voted on 5 or 6 years ago was going to go. It would be a great spot - and they could still build some other fields for the youth soccer associations to play on. The team could be Real North Salt Lake (which sounds WAY better than Real Orchard Hills).

7/24/2006 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger Oldenburg said...

Every single MLS team is losing money except for Maybe the LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire, and DC United. LA has lots of hispanic fans, Chicago too, and D.C. is actually good (and has Freddy Adu).

Why waste our public money on a team in which the league is completely in the red. What is really so terrible about Rice-Eccles, the astro-turf?

7/25/2006 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger the Bardguy said...

"What is really so terrible about Rice-Eccles, the astro-turf?"

What I understand about the whole deal is that the astro-turf - although not an ideal surface to play soccer on - is not the only reason that Rice-Eccles can't continue as the home for RSL. RSL really can't make any money under the current deal...they make little if any money on concessions for one thing, for some reason beer can't be sold there...(although you think there'd be a way to make that happen - wasn't beer sold there during the olympics?...I can't remember right now) and there's some sort of provision to the bond that was used to help expand Rice-Eccles that stipulates that only so much revenue can come from for-profit endeavors.

I could be wrong about some of the details, and I imagine that if the county council could fix the bond issue with Rice Eccles and re-offer the kind of deal that was voted down before the sandy vote (a $2.5 million subsidy of some sort), I would suspect that RSL may take them up on it. It at least makes sense.

7/25/2006 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Black said...

"RSL knows its consumers want their own stadium, and they want that stadium to be downtown and as cheap and simple as possible."

Ethan, when did you become the voice of the fans? You sure seem to think that you speak for all of us all the time. The fact is for this fan I can't think of anyone that speaks for me less. Stop pretending that you know what the "fans" want. Speak for yourself and not everyone else.

7/26/2006 07:38:00 AM  

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