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The State of Arizona wants to impose a "Cubs tax" on all the Cactus League teams

Feb 11, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

The deal to keep the Cubs’ spring training home in Mesa, Arizona was contingent on the State of Arizona finding the money to help them build an $84 million new complex.  Their idea: impose a surcharge on spring training tickets to help cover the cost. But not just Cubs spring training tickets: they want to impose a fee on tickets sold by all of the teams that train in the state.  The other teams aren’t fans of this plan:

“All 14 other Cactus League teams oppose House Bill 2736 as introduced.
We are working persistently with legislative leadership in the House to
construct an alternative plan that will work for everyone, including
the Cubs,” said John Kaites, a Phoenix attorney and lobbyist who
represents the Mariners and White Sox. He would not provide details,

I’m against this sort of thing too, but I do find it extremely rich that the owners of baseball teams who have made billions by making other people pay for their stadiums are suddenly aghast that someone would do it to them.

In other Cubs news, whoever is in charge of the cover of the new Cubs’ annual may want to re-think the placement of Derek Lee’s head, because some people — not me, of course — giggle and snork when they see stuff like that.



(Thanks to Robert T for the link to the Cubs annual, and sympathy to his wife and children for having to live with a guy with smut on his mind).

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Come on Craig, that deserves a NSFW tag!

  2. Charles Gates - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    What’s wrong with Derek Lee being really committed to attention to detail?

  3. Jonny5 - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Why not just add a charge to all cubs (in Chicago too) games, and all games played in that stadium?? It is the Cubs who caused the state to build the stadium after all……….

  4. Rupert Murdoch Jr. - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    More Obama taxes! I say we go to the shore in Arizona and throw our Cubs tickets into the Ocean! Who’s with me?

  5. ecp - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    I don’t know the little vagaries of the bill, but I was under the impression that this was to be a fee added to the price of a ticket. And doesn’t that mean that the fans would be paying, not the teams?

  6. BC - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Any bets on whether the Cubs just pack up shop and move to Florida, or across the border to California?

  7. Matt in Toledo - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Looked at the Cubs magazine. Did I miss their signing of Kaz Tadano?

  8. Will - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    But still, why should a fan buying a ticket to see the Rockies at Hi Corbett field or the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch have to subsidize the Cubs. I don’t particularly see a problem with attaching a fee to all the tickets at the Cubs facility.

  9. doug - Feb 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Did anyone else notice the fan in the red shirt with his hand up Lee’s butt?

  10. Old Gator - Feb 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    The Cubs will be welcomed at the beautiful baseball facility that the gulls of Macondo built for the Injuns just east of Homestead, but which they finked out on when Hurricane Andrew damaged it just shy of completion and some cracker redoubt up midstate offered them a deal they couldn’t refuse (and of course that added a special frisson to watching the umps make such a Christmas present in October of that strike zone to Livan Hernandez in the ’97 series).
    The downside: the Cubs will draw more fans at Homestead for spring training than the Feesh will at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium for the entire season.

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