Friday, March 28, 2008

Do I Hear $100 Million? Going, Going...

Bid #1: "Already, the Lerners have shelled out $20 million that Major League Baseball agreed the new owners would contribute to the new stadium—on top of the $450-million price tag."

Bid #2: "The owners of the Washington Nationals plan to spend at least $30 million to improve the city-financed ballpark under construction"

Bid #3: "The D.C. Sports Commission is aware of $10 million in Lerner-financed stadium improvements, including the restaurant expansion that will cost $2.5 million and the club-level suite changes that will cost $2.4 million, according to commission spokesman Tony Robinson. Lerner said that, as additional projects arise, the family might pay more than $35 million in adjustments. A D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission source, who asked not be identified because of the sensitive nature of the stadium issue, said a $30 million estimate for all of the improvements Lerner has mentioned is "not unrealistic." The upgrade to the main scoreboard could cost as much as $7 million alone."

Bid #4: "Mark Lerner, who has taken the lead on the ballpark planning, said the family has spent more than $50 million on upgrades, which include a high-definition scoreboard."

Inflation's a bitch!


  • unbelieveable what a shill the post is. $50M. i don't even know what to say to that. don't these guys have to do any, you know, actual journalism any more or are they paid to just retype press releases?

    By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 3/28/2008 8:52 AM  

  • I'm not in a position where I know whether the number is right or wrong.

    I just think it's funny that the number keeps climbing.

    And I think it's even funnier that today's $50 million figure matches the $50 million extra revenue figure from the other day!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/28/2008 8:55 AM  

  • you are, however, in a position to know that three of the four numbers ARE wrong. so even the biggest lerner apologists out there (cough320cough) would have to admit there is only a 25% chance of $50M being correct.

    By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 3/28/2008 8:58 AM  

  • Let's lay off SBF a bit. He does what he does, and it's genuine. I'm not sure I'd call him an apologist.

    You can give the team the benefit of the doubt without being one.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/28/2008 9:02 AM  

  • fair point - replace "apologist" with "supporter"

    interesting though how people line up here to call you too negative (which is also, i'm assuming, equally genuine) but it is taboo to (justifiably) accuse somebody of being too positive. i'm gonna cogitate about that little irony today!

    By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 3/28/2008 9:08 AM  

  • Well, the difference is, if they do it here, I can insult them back. ;)

    If you want to rip him personally, do it at his place.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/28/2008 9:10 AM  

  • Yeah, inflation is such a bitch that Bid #3 got inflated to #4 before your link even hit the screen!

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 3/28/2008 9:17 AM  

  • You know damn well that I was never any good with numbers!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/28/2008 9:18 AM  

  • You know, a blog that relies so heavily on statistics, pseudo statistics, payroll numbers and the like in order to drive its points home really ought to be run by someone who's good with numbers. Just sayin'.

    But then again, there is always the Peter Principle, and why shouldn't it apply to blogging? You're probably well above blogosphere-average in numerical competence anyway...

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 3/28/2008 10:50 AM  

  • See, Bill. Had AMB done this at Nats320, I'd be annoyed.

    But doing it here, I can tell him to his face that he's a trolling asshole sometimes!

    All is right in the world! :)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/28/2008 10:51 AM  

  • Only sometimes? Gee, I'll have to start working harder!

    And are you just pissed because I correct and question your numbers but I don't correct or question SBF's creative, shall we say, use of capitalization and punctuation? Are you just jealous because you're not My Main Man!!!? Is that it?

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 3/28/2008 12:12 PM  

  • yeah. :(

    I want to be someone's main man!

    (not like that, though)

    (not that there's anything wrong with that)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/28/2008 12:14 PM  

  • I don't think SBF has anointed a new Main Man!!! for himself since Church got traded. Maybe you could apply for that job. A possible benefit might be that SBF doesn't seem to mind if His Main Man!!! has a hot wife or girlfriend. On the negative side, though, you might have to become anti-Semitic.

    By Blogger An Briosca Mor, at 3/28/2008 12:43 PM  

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