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SBD/September 18, 2013/Facilities
Cleveland Hires Consultant Firm To Study Browns' Projected Stadium Repair Costs
Published September 18, 2013
IN THE DAWG HOUSE? In Cleveland, Mark Naymik notes the report will "help the city prioritize how it spends what little money is available for stadium repairs." Cleveland "needs this report to block any attempt by the Browns to pass to the city the costs of luxury improvements or upgrades that Haslam is eyeing." The city believes that it "only has to pay capital improvements if it has the money available after material expenses are covered." Cleveland "doesn't have the money and will never have the money." The report will be "critical to make the case that the repair fund is already spoken for." The city "needs to play rough to protect tax dollars" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/18).
A POPULAR OPINION: The PLAIN DEALER conducted an editorial board roundtable about who should pay for the renovations. Peter Krouse offered, "The city should pay the Browns what it is legally obligated to provide and nothing more. That's not a dig at the Browns or Haslam, both of whom are at a low point right now ... it's just that taxpayer money at this point could be more wisely spent." Sharon Broussard: "The city should be very careful for paying for anything over that amount. If the Browns want to improve the 'fan experience,' they should try winning." Thomas Suddes weighed in, "There's no justification for public subsidies to the owners of professional sports franchises." Elizabeth Sullivan: "The city has to draw the line -- and doing a repair audit to fairly map out legitimate repairs required under the lease, as opposed to the team's 'fan experience' wish list, is the way to start." Christopher Evans: "The idea that taxpayers have to keep ponying up millions of dollars to support the playground of millionaire athletes and billionaire owners is reprehensible" (CLEVELAND.com, 9/17).