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Old 06-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #31
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Re: Handful of Owners Resisting Parameters of New Deal

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He's not tied to it in the way you're referring other than by the fact that it is relatively new for a stadium. It's only now getting into it's middle age period.

And the thing that is keeping him in the stadium more than anything is the implosion in the real estate market (since cities have figured out that stadiums are not the revenue generators they are made out to be). That land is worth a mint 10 years ago. Enough to build him a new stadium. Now...not so much.
I would add that once you own a stadium there is an incentive to stay there. It is economically intelligent to keep a car I own rather than always taking on new car payments. It behooves me to stay in a house I own rather than moving from new mortgage to new mortgage. Likewise, if you own Fedex, there is reason to stay rather than trying to finance a new stadium.
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I would add that once you own a stadium there is an incentive to stay there. It is economically intelligent to keep a car I own rather than always taking on new car payments. It behooves me to stay in a house I own rather than moving from new mortgage to new mortgage. Likewise, if you own Fedex, there is reason to stay rather than trying to finance a new stadium.
And since they keep selling the games out despite a general sense amongst fans that the stadium is average and the experience lacking then why would he even be motivated to build a new stadium. The only thing I can think of that would motivate him is if he concludes the stadium is going to become a problem in terms of revenue generation and he'd like to head that off or just plain ego. I think he has a big ego...I don't think he'll shell out upwards of a billion dollars to staisfy it. The only thing he likes more than himself is money.
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And since they keep selling the games out despite a general sense amongst fans that the stadium is average and the experience lacking then why would he even be motivated to build a new stadium. The only thing I can think of that would motivate him is if he concludes the stadium is going to become a problem in terms of revenue generation and he'd like to head that off or just plain ego. I think he has a big ego...I don't think he'll shell out upwards of a billion dollars to staisfy it. The only thing he likes more than himself is money.
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And since they keep selling the games out .

Thing is they aren't,club seats haven't been totally sold out for over 10 years.
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Thing is they aren't,club seats haven't been totally sold out for over 10 years.
This is a huge reason why Dan might not want a new stadium at this particular time. The demand for high paying tickets, suites, and PSLs is probably at a all time low right now so trying to get people to fork over even more money wouldn't be a smart decision. The team would have to become competitive for some years before he could drum up the interests again to charge the type of fees he's going to want to charge for new stadium PSLs.
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He's not tied to it in the way you're referring other than by the fact that it is relatively new for a stadium. It's only now getting into it's middle age period.

And the thing that is keeping him in the stadium more than anything is the implosion in the real estate market (since cities have figured out that stadiums are not the revenue generators they are made out to be). That land is worth a mint 10 years ago. Enough to build him a new stadium. Now...not so much.
Yes, but it is now also the oldest stadium in the NFC East.
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Let us look back at how Fed Ex Field came into existence.

Jack Kent Cooke wanted to build a stadium and put his name on it - - not sell naming rights. He tried to get land and zoning changes through the District government for about ten years offering a deal that he would pay for the stadium if they gave him the land and upgraded the road access to the stadium. The DC government never got around to doing anything thinking that he had nowhere else to go but to stay in RFK Stadium. [To those who think FedEx is old and out of date, you should have seen RFK...]

Cooke tried to get a deal done for a site in Alexandria VA but was stopped by a grass roots uprising there. He also looked at a site in Laurel MD; I do not recall what the stumbling block to construction there was.

After years of trying to get Cooke's attention, PG County contacted him at the height of his frustration. He was not getting any younger and if he was going to see his new stadium with his name on it before he croaked, he had to get moving.

Cooke and PG County came to a deal for land and road access; Cooke would build the stadium and he promised that the Redskins would play in that stadium or another stadium in PG County for a specified period of time. [I think that period of time was 30 years meaning the Redskins are "locked into" playing in PG County until about 2025 without a whole lot of legal wrangling.]

Because Cooke was old and wanted to see his stadium up and running before he died, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium was built fast and lots of corners were cut in order to get the stadium done as soon as possible. Cooke also wanted his stadium to be the biggest in the NFL so they built it big.

But the combination of "big" with "fast construction to get the job done ASAP" along with meager road access made Jack Kent Cooke Stadium a disappointing venue the day it opened. There have been changes to the stadium in the Danny Boy era, but adding amenities to Fed Ex Field is more like putting lipstick on a pig than anything else.

As with the ESPN ranking of the Redskins franchise almost at the bottom of the list for sports franchises, FedEx Field is indeed one of the worst stadium experiences in the NFL. Yes, there are worse; the stadiums in Oakland, New Orleans, Buffalo and Minnesota are more than bleak. But Fed Ex Field is clearly in the bottom 25% of the NFL stadiums and the likelihood that will change significantly in the next 5-10 years is small.
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Yes, but it is now also the oldest stadium in the NFC East.
You can't always be the newest all the time. What were the respective ages of all the other NFC East stadiums before they upgraded?

Exactly...
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You can't always be the newest all the time. What were the respective ages of all the other NFC East stadiums before they upgraded?

Exactly...
Newest isn't always the best thing to be. The "NEW MEADOWLANDS" ...in my opinion stinks,concourse is three times as wide(good thing),bathrooms half the size and not as many,standing room party areas......suck ,more drunks to deal with that distract from the game.
Old Giants stadium was a great place to watch a game ,yet the owners now will pocket more money with this place.....hell with the fan.
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Gotta admit, Lincoln Financial Field is a VERY NICE facility. Was there a couple of weekends ago for a Monster Jam event.

The people in it however...
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Let us look back at how Fed Ex Field came into existence.

Jack Kent Cooke wanted to build a stadium and put his name on it - - not sell naming rights. He tried to get land and zoning changes through the District government for about ten years offering a deal that he would pay for the stadium if they gave him the land and upgraded the road access to the stadium. The DC government never got around to doing anything thinking that he had nowhere else to go but to stay in RFK Stadium. [To those who think FedEx is old and out of date, you should have seen RFK...]

Cooke tried to get a deal done for a site in Alexandria VA but was stopped by a grass roots uprising there. He also looked at a site in Laurel MD; I do not recall what the stumbling block to construction there was.

After years of trying to get Cooke's attention, PG County contacted him at the height of his frustration. He was not getting any younger and if he was going to see his new stadium with his name on it before he croaked, he had to get moving.

Cooke and PG County came to a deal for land and road access; Cooke would build the stadium and he promised that the Redskins would play in that stadium or another stadium in PG County for a specified period of time. [I think that period of time was 30 years meaning the Redskins are "locked into" playing in PG County until about 2025 without a whole lot of legal wrangling.]

Because Cooke was old and wanted to see his stadium up and running before he died, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium was built fast and lots of corners were cut in order to get the stadium done as soon as possible. Cooke also wanted his stadium to be the biggest in the NFL so they built it big.

But the combination of "big" with "fast construction to get the job done ASAP" along with meager road access made Jack Kent Cooke Stadium a disappointing venue the day it opened. There have been changes to the stadium in the Danny Boy era, but adding amenities to Fed Ex Field is more like putting lipstick on a pig than anything else.

As with the ESPN ranking of the Redskins franchise almost at the bottom of the list for sports franchises, FedEx Field is indeed one of the worst stadium experiences in the NFL. Yes, there are worse; the stadiums in Oakland, New Orleans, Buffalo and Minnesota are more than bleak. But Fed Ex Field is clearly in the bottom 25% of the NFL stadiums and the likelihood that will change significantly in the next 5-10 years is small.
Kinda off topic but I wonder why Cooke was so hard pressed for a new staduim? He knew he wasn't going to be around for many more years and he knew he wasn't leaving the team to his son John.
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lol Damn SS almost same time
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If the low rev teams can't keep up then they need to sell their team and let it move where it can work in my opinion. Sorry but Ralph Wilson and Mike Brown do the bare minimum to market their team and generate revenue and I don't see why the other owners, the players or fans should suffer the loss of football because they are asshats. Let's remember...Mike Brown is no "Captain of Industry" he inherited the team and Wilson has run a virtual sweatshop for decades. Sorry but when the other 80% of the league is raking in cash and trying to advance the product and barnd I have no sympathy for those that are mucking it all up by half-assing it.
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