The Internet has already offered me two great things today: A confirmation that I never need to pay for dead tree media again AND a reminder that so many of this town’s taxpayer subsidized dreams end in failure.
The Bottom Line: The upcoming All-Star Game in Kansas City already looks disappointing.
“I have one teammate who actually complained about being named an All-Star because it’s the only week in eight months he can spend decent time with his family, away from baseball. I also know for a fact that guys around the majors are not psyched about the prospect of spending All-Star week in Kansas City in 2012. The park isn’t great, and there’s just not much going on in that town.” (page 20, bold added)
So you’re probably asking yourself? What does this all mean, Tony? Fortunately, I’m here to help:
Basically, The All-Star game isn’t that big of a deal. Most folks understand that those overblown estimates about all the revenue the game generates are nothing more than PR fodder. And that this might not so much be an event for this town to shine but rather another grand disappointment.
Think about it this way . . . This town is in the midst of a budget crisis and we recently had to borrow money (from ourselves) just to make sure that KC Proper could pick up all of the trash that this event would create. There’s nothing in the budget to wow visitors and right now our grand party P&L District is losing cash at the rate of $12 million a year.
So, the first impressions of this town from new visitors just might be that we’re horribly broke with a very limited budget. Of course, the way around this is to emphasize locally owned party places that have somehow managed to survive the downturn and keep slogging away. Sadly, this town will probably do something lame like throw a parade or run a bunch of PR for the already packed BBQ places. In other words, the ALL-Star game already looks lame.
On the bright side, thanks to a blogger I didn’t even have to buy the dead tree version of ESPN’s content offerings to learn of an important clue as to this so-called “win” for Kansas City.