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COMBINATION OF FACTORS SEEN TO LEAD TO TRIAD'S MLB FAILURE
Published May 11, 1998
After voters in NC's Triad area defeated an MLB stadium tax referendum, critics of the plan said a "constellation of issues" -- not just "no-more-taxes" -- were factors in its loss, according to Taft Wireback of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. Some of the factors: An unwillingness to use taxes for pro sports; "skepticism" of some local business leaders and groups backing the plan; "disbelief" of the projections of the ballpark's economic impact; a "perceived arrogance" of ballpark proponents "in its refusal to actively engage the majority of voters in the discussion" of MLB; "anger" at the "slick" campaign promoting the proposal; and "animosity toward" wealthy professional athletes and team owners. But Walt Klein, campaign manager for "Vote Yes For MLB," said that the campaign failed because the "economy is good right now, so people are more satisfied with the Triad's status quo." He added that "the average person couldn't latch onto the abstract" of what an MLB team would do for the community. Klein: "I believe it's difficult for people to think five or 10 years down he road" (NEWS & RECORD, 5/10).