Posted: 02 Sep 2011 10:24 AM PDT
Following up on Phil’s post about the shortfall in revenues at the Braves’ minor league stadium in Gwinnett, here is a tale of financial folly that’s about to unfold in Birmingham:
As the article notes, the projected cost for Birmingham’s stadium is $60 million, substantially higher than the typical minor league ballpark, and about the same as the stadium for the Gwinnett Braves. JC Bradbury predicted the outcome in Gwinnett before the ground was broken. Is there any reason to believe the outcome in Birmingham will be any different? I don’t think so.
Posted: 02 Sep 2011 08:39 AM PDT
Story here. And it was unexpected! I’m not familiar with the area per-se where the Gwinnett Braves play, but having been to numerous minor league games around the midwest in the past 20+ years and having watched a few minor league games on the internet, predicting an average of 6,000-6,500 fans after the honeymoon seems a wee bit high.
Posted: 01 Sep 2011 12:52 PM PDT
Yesterday I posted that the Big XII is an unstable conference, but I thought it unlikely that it would dissolve. Perhaps I was being optimistic, but Kirk Bohls has some interesting thoughts about what may come next.
ESPN’s David Ubben posted these tweets this morning which lends creedence to Bohl’s prediction.
Bohls says it comes down to trust, or more precisely, the lack of it.
Sports leagues are cooperatives, but Texas never seemed able to grasp that fact sufficiently to stabilize the Big XII. If Bohl’s prediction comes true and Texas ends up moving with OU, OSU, and Tech to form the Pac 16, will it set aside it’s Texas-sized ego for the good of its new conference?
What about the leftovers? It would seem that Kansas and Missouri would land somewhere in a major conference. Missouri’s football program looks as strong as it’s ever been and Kansas has it’s storied basketball program. Yes, this realignment is all about football and moving towards a football playoff, but the Jayhawks would bring a lot of basketball eyeballs to whatever conference KU ends up in.
What about poor Iowa State, Kansas State, and Baylor? If I were the AD’s at those schools I’d be praying like hell and saying all the right things.
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