This post originally appeared on 28 April 2015.
Did you know, that no matter how much money MountainStar Sports Group makes from that ballpark, El Pasoans will never see a return on their investment? Not a dime. MSSG can fill their pockets, but El Pasoans will never see one red cent. On the contrary, El Pasoans will still be shilling out money to the fat cats at MSSG to keep the ballpark operating.
Our immediate past City Government ceded responsibility for contract negotiation to the lame duck City Manager. El Paso’s return is supposed to be “economic development.” That’s right. Fifty million bucks, plus, and all we were offered was some vague promises of economic development, even though the vast bulk of studies of subsidized sports venues concluded that ballparks offer little to no economic development.
You know what we got? “It’s All Good.” Because the high-powered snake oil salesmen were too busy talking deep-pocketed investors into buying into the scheme to spend any time charming the voters. So we get “It’s All Good.”
So close your eyes and pretend: It’s All Good.