In case you missed it, St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Bernie Miklasz passed this along via Twitter earlier this week; join LARams.net in flashing back to the 1990s, that great decade of grunge, Clinton-Gore in the White House, and NFL franchise moves.
For Rams fans in St. Louis, the indignation felt about this clip today can be matched only by the swelling of joy they’d felt back in ’95. LARams.net realizes this is no consolation at all, but isn’t this just the way of capitalism?
In 2015, headline-grabbing television personalities can bang the proverbial table to the adulation of millions-strong audience plus viral social marketing about the explicit unfairness of billionaires fleecing cities for tax revenues to pay for brand new stadiums – yet it continues to happen. And sports fans let it; some of the 99% ardently work *for* the sort of tax-raising initiatives benefiting the Kroenke types just so as to get pro sports paying locally.
Check out the bit in the video when Kroenke considers aloud the question, “Do you really think St. Louis is that good of a market?” After the exit of the football Cardinals and even during the subsequent failed attempt to bring the New England Patriots to St. Louis, the city was questioned as a viable market for the NFL. The promise to erect the partially publicly-funded Edward Jones Dome was, let’s be honest, the sole reason for the Rams to relocate.
Twenty years later, as Kroenke slowly parts ways with the city, the realization for St. Louis-based Rams fans is simple: time happens, age happens (even to stadiums) and do you really want to publicly fund a billionaire’s enterprise with your tax money once again?
– written by Os Davis