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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Lobbying for the All-Star GameI don't know much about what goes into deciding where All-Star games are held, but I can't recall the process being subject to intense, Olympic-style lobbying, can you?
The Reds are pursuing an All-Star date for 2013, Karen Forgus, the club’s senior vice president of business operations, said on Monday.
I guess I was always under the impression that the prerequisites for hosting an All-Star game were (a) having a park; and (b) not having had it for a while, and if those things were present, Major League Baseball simply decided to host it in your town. Or not. Am I now to understand that bids are actually packaged and weighed? Or is this a news item because what's going on in Cincinnati is a different than the process that usually takes place?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:28pm
J. McCann said...
They really like a new state gifted park, plus it usually alternates leagues each year.
I guess the Red’s park came online at the same time as a bunch of other ones, because usually within a couple of years after the park opens they have the game there.
Posted 04/14 at 03:11 PM
Kansas City hasn’t had an All-Star game in 37 years. And oddly, there are only 30 teams in the majors.
And now that they’ve spend $250 of taxpayers money to give the city a semi, sort of, somewhat brand new park, they’re in line for a game in the next couple of years.
Same as PNC, Pac-Bell, new Busch. Anyone see a pattern here?
Posted 04/14 at 06:45 PM
Sorry, meant to say $250 mil.
Posted 04/14 at 07:07 PM
To be fair, wasn’t Pac Bell completely privately financed?
Posted 04/15 at 05:46 PM