Thursday, August 10, 2006

Another (DOA?) Plan For RSL

Tonight, Governor Huntsman huddled with RSL/Gov officials after the Real Madrid reception. It was the second of two come- to- Jesus meetings held, the first being at the Salt Lake City offices. Basically, everyone is scrambling to find a solution. If Dave Checketts sells this team in the face of such political and public support just because it's taking a while to find a solution, he should be institutionalized. He needs to realized the political play RSL made has created a very difficult political reality that needs to be dealt with, but that is still very pro- RSL. Mayor Rocky Anderson had a Sandy stadium plan to present, but it requires more public money than the failed Councilman Hatch plan, so I think we can safely say that if the Hatch plan was voted down, Mayor Anderson's plan is DOA. Here are the basics of Mayor Rocky Anderson's plan: 1. RSL puts $7.5 million to soccer/ baseball complex in SLC and operate soccer academy at the complex. 2. SLCo bonds for $23 million for land, infrastructure, and parking 3. SLCo bonds $10 million in 2011 and again in 2015 and give money to RSL 4. SLCO retains ownership of whatever is bought or built with bond money and leases to RSL for $1.00/year 5. Sandy RDA contributes $12 million 6. Stadium is LEED- certified 7. RSL must use ArtTix 8. RSL keeps RSL event parking revenues, SLCo keeps non RSL parking 9. RSL gives 500 tickets to every regular season game to school children who achieve reading goals 10. RSL gives 50 tickets to each game to students who sign up for library cards and check out two or more books 11. RSL players and staff read with students at 10 county schools 12. RSL will sponsor annual charity events that will include a charity run and evening benefit concert 13. RSL contributes $1 million/year of in- kind tourism promotion


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the paper today it mentioned that RSL has to stay here half a century. If it folds or moves they owe the county 10 million dollars that they have to pay back.

Does anyone remember sportswest? (Another Dave Checketts venture). It folded and they closed up. They are still having trouble paying their debts.

I don't buy it and I don't believe it. Someone needs to bring that to the attention of Corroon.

8/11/2006 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So last year when there was little economic benefit for Salt Lake City with Sandy's stadium plan Rocky cried foul. Legislature coerced Expo center money from SLC being used to fund the stadium land--not fair. Sandy taking money from county residents and SLC can't-- not fair.

Now that Salt Lake City gets a much larger economic benefit it's suddenly fair and ok for Sandy AND Salt Lake City to rape and pillage County residents for their municipal goodies. Sounds interesting and by that I mean county residents need to get out the vaseline.

8/11/2006 12:19:00 PM  

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