Archive for March 28th, 2009

28th March
2009
written by JHiggins

From todays Arizona Republic – Despite a horrid economy, there’s no shortage of interest to build the Arizona Diamondbacks a new spring-training facility, expected to cost more than $100 million and possibly be shared with the Colorado Rockies……

The situation in Tucson, however, has become tense with Hall and Pima County’s top executive trading barbs. After the Diamondbacks sought proposals for a new facility last month, Pima County Administrator C.H. Huckelberry wrote a March 12 letter to county officials.

Huckelberry, who could not be reached Friday, wrote it was “disturbing” that the D-Backs sought a new facility when the franchise “makes a private profit of nearly $3 million on spring training.”

This week, Hall responded to Huckleberry’s letter, writing that the team made less than $1 million in profits and that its facilities “have never been maintained to adequate levels” and “provided risk and caused injuries” to players.

“It is clear to us now that you have moved on and are not seeking a solution for keeping us in Southern Arizona,” Hall wrote. “I also assume you have not been working with the city to help keep the Rockies in Tucson, as they continue to become more and more impatient.”

A Tucson spokesman said the city had no update on negotiations with the Rockies.

28th March
2009
written by Arizona Kid

I gotta hand it to Inside Tucson Business for doing a little investigative reporting and jumping on the Rio Nuevo bandwagon. Keep it up guys the “safety zone – cloth reporting”  is yesterday’s business model. Just ask Kimble at the Citizen.

It was a short but sweet story about how Reno is revitalizing their downtown centered around…..wait for it…… SPORTS STADIUM and ENTERTAINMENT! Why didn’t we think of that?

They even gots a web site – HERE.  Click HERE to see the photos.  If we only had that one to do over again.

From looking at the background their downtown actually looks worse than ours. Looks like they have a great first start. I wonder if they spent $80 million in consultants to get this far?

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