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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The House That Corruption BuiltWe've long known that the Bloomberg Administration bent over to deliver all manner of financial favors to the Yankees, but now the emails are out, and it's pretty ugly:
Mayor Bloomberg's aides secretly pressured city tax assessors to inflate the value of land under the new Yankee Stadium so the team could qualify for nearly $1 billion in tax-free bonds, city e-mails show.
This is important, because the higher assessment allowed the Yankees to take advantage of a billion bucks in tax-exempt bonds that an honest assessment would not have.
New Yankee Stadium is built on a foundation of graft. The sad thing is, this fact will almost certainly not be mentioned by the announcers when the Bombers take the field for the first game in April because there will be too many fancy baubles on which to train the cameras.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:38pm
Not for nuthin’...........
Posted 12/17 at 05:07 PM
Another victory for public records laws. Maybe they should have used RNC email addresses and then deleted them all before prying eyes could see?
Posted 12/17 at 05:10 PM
Steinbrenner’s henchmen work fast! I already get a “Page Not Found” error from the link.
Posted 12/17 at 05:13 PM
Chris Simonds said...
And this guy was thinking he was Presidential material? The rest of the country dodged a bullet, but NYC is still stuck with him. Wonder if the new stadium will lose money its first few years, between the high prices and the low state of the economy. That may kill off the rest of Bloomberg’s political ambitions.
Posted 12/17 at 05:18 PM
@ Chris: do you think TNYS will be trans-fat free?
Posted 12/17 at 05:23 PM
Why should it be mentioned? I’m a Yankee fan and I oppose the sweetheart deals that both baseball teams have gotten.
It also has absolutely no relevance to their play on the field. Unfortunately, these dealings are rather commonplace in the sports world.
Posted 12/17 at 05:44 PM
Pete Toms said...
@ Soxrocker23, I can’t get to the link either. CC?
deMause has been writing about this for months. And I mean, specifically the inflated value of the real estate, as opposed to the general subject.
This at the same time as the IFA ( right acrononym? ) is considering selling bonds to purchase Wrigley….not good for Tribune….
This is the baseball subject that has gone from the realm of us chattering classes to a broader audience in the past handful of months. I think we reached the tipping point. One example is when the politicans ( Brodsky isn’t alone ) start piling on. Isn’t the timing curious? Not a popular time to be one of the super rich. ( Any sympathy for Fred Wilpon out there? None here either ).
Posted 12/17 at 06:03 PM
Pete Toms said...
Ok, the link works now. This guy Gonzalez has been all over this story for a long time, like deMause.
Is it official, have we seen the end of PILOTS? What’s next, TIFs?
Posted 12/17 at 06:20 PM
YoU BUNCH A POMPOUS JERKS..! Yeah, take the big tax break and sign 250 mill. in players. Now go get Tex and ManRAM. YOU MAKE ME SICK. I hope the team and the stadium fall apart.
Posted 12/17 at 09:19 PM
BY THE WAY… THAT RANT WAS DIRECTED TOWARD THE YANKEE FANS THAT THINK ITS ok TO PULL THIS CRAP.
Posted 12/17 at 09:21 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
hater: NONE of us think it’s OK. Why would you think we would condone it? Do you condone the bashing of a Yankee fan outside the Fens?
It’s illegal, period.
And lay off the caps and caffiene, dude. We’re pretty calm around these parts, no matter who you root for. We can discuss and debate rationally here, adultishly.
Then you can rant on SoSH or wherever how much we Yanks fans SUX.
Posted 12/17 at 10:06 PM
I bash the Yankees.. PERIOD… their fans are just colateral damage. I don’t know how anyone can condone ANY of this. And yet EVERY game is sold out. EXPLAIN that NON support.
Posted 12/17 at 11:24 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
OK H8r. We’ll all go in together on a two front assault: city hall and the Stadium offices in a simultaneous strike designed to take out command and control operations. Meet is somewhere in midtown at midnight. Bring the weapons. If we’re not there, you start without us and we’ll be along shortly.
Posted 12/17 at 11:44 PM
I wouldn’t step foot in that crap hole city even TO blow it up. Been there… never go back… smells…
Posted 12/17 at 11:49 PM
Jason @ IIATMS said...
OK, Hater. Have at it. It’s just that your rants are a better fit for a Sox forum chatroom than here.
Now I will go pee in public, assault an old lady, rub one out on the subway and all the while wearing my new #52 Sabathia jersey.
Posted 12/18 at 09:19 AM
Who the heck let Gerry Callahan know about Shysterball?
@Yankeeh8r (if you’re not GC) - Give WEEI a try as their ranting seems more in line with your brand of blogging. As Jason referenced, folks here at Shysterball prefer witty banter and informative dialogue not shouting points and screaming rants (look I made a statement without going all caps).
While I may agree with what I believe is your basic thesis (i.e. a wealthy private enterprise getting millions of dollars in public assistance while real peeople struggle to make ends meet) your methodology makes it difficult to take you seriously.
Lastly if you are as hateful as your message seem to indicate - please seek help because anyone who sees the world with such animus needs some counsel.
Posted 12/18 at 10:14 AM
Sara K said...
Gee, Moose, you could at least have included a link to Dictionary.com.
Anyway, is there any indication about whether MLB is obliged to sanction the NYYs over this impropriety?
Posted 12/18 at 11:10 AM
Moose - good line about Callahan, but even he is more measured and can deliver venomous lines with some charisma.
h8tr, though I am not one, I do know of at least one Yankee fan who can enjoy the team while chastising the ownership and the City of NY. Two separate animals.
Posted 12/18 at 11:17 AM
@ Sara - Just trying to break down the stereotypes of moose as slow, simple and easy going creatures as we can be a rather witty and verbose lot with a tendency to be a wee bit snarky.
Posted 12/18 at 11:40 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
I just too the liberty of deleting the H8r’s most recent comment. He had been warned against going after people personally and being an obnoxious ass and decided not to listen. I don’t want that kind of garbage around here and won’t tolerate it.
I seem to lack the technical capacity to ban him, but it’s just as easy for me to delete his idiocy.
H8R: if you’d like to play nice, you’re welcome to post. If you insist on attacking the readers of this blog, you are not. It’s that simple.
Posted 12/18 at 02:31 PM