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Four teams boycott breakfast over 'Cubs tax'

Mar 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Yesterday the Cactus League held its annual kickoff breakfast, but Jim Walsh of the Arizona Republic reports that the White Sox, Reds, Angels, and Dodgers boycotted the event to protest a proposed “Cubs tax” on league-wide ticket sales that would help build the Cubs a new spring training facility.
Angels spokesperson Tim Mead explained that “we just fundamentally disagree” and “feel it’s fundamentally wrong to implement a tax on loyal baseball fans.”
Dodgers vice president of communication issued a similar statement, explaining that “the Dodgers and White Sox simply feel it’s wrong to ask fans coming to Camelback Ranch to pay for another team’s new stadium with a surcharge on their tickets.”
State representative John McComish sponsored the legislation, which calls for a $1 surcharge to car-rental fees and an eight-percent surcharge to Cactus League tickets. Naturally he wasn’t happy with four teams boycotting the event, calling their behavior “what petulant children do.”
My feelings on this issue are mixed. On one hand I can see why other teams may not want to help finance $58 million worth of help for the Cubs. On the other hand, the notion of boycotting breakfast sounds anti-American and downright barbaric, and I can’t in good conscience support any cause that positions itself against bacon.

  1. Tits McGee - Mar 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    “I can’t in good conscience support any cause that positions itself against bacon.”
    So you abandoned your diet again?

  2. D-Luxxx - Mar 3, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I have to agree with the idea behind the boycott (if not the boycott itself, I am also a good breakfast lover). Unless the added tax is going to be used to build every team a ballpark, then it makes no sense to charge someone who isn’t a Cubs fan for the ballpark. If they want to keep the Cubs there for ST it is imperitive that they get something built for them, but it creates a slippery slope. Soon every team will want this done for them as well. If you’re going to keep this in effect and use it to build all new stadiums for everyone, great, if not, find the money somewhere else.

  3. berselius - Mar 3, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    If Reinsdorf wants to complain about this, he’s more than welcome to return any of the money he got from the City for the Cell, which was partially payed for by city taxes on Cubs tickets.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 3, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    It’s not nice to eat trefe, Aaron. Obviously, your mama didn’t bite your tushy often enough.

  5. Drew - Mar 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Funny. The White Sox apparently had no problem with taxing the entire city of Chicago to pay for their stadium.

  6. Drew - Mar 3, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    For that matter, the Reds were ok with a tax to build their stadium as well, which I believe was on the entire state of Ohio.

  7. Dave - Mar 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    So, charging everyone that rents a car for any reason year round is fine, but charging baseball fans for a baseball facility is way over the line? I’ve got an idea, make the Cubs and every other team actually pay for the facilities they need to operate – like a normal business.

  8. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - Mar 3, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    As a Cubs fan and also as someone who won’t have to pay this tax, I think the tax is a great idea!

  9. Really - Mar 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    That looks like a two dollar breakfast to me. I’m sure these teams missed out on a good chance to get an upset stomache. Since they want to tax these other teams to pay for a Cub’s facility, it would be more than fair to put a 80 percent tax on Cub tickets to repay that 58 million. I don’t know how they do it in Arizona, but if they wanted to tax me in order for my neighbor to build a pool in his back yard, I would be mighty pissed.

  10. Old Gator - Mar 3, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    You know what? To hell with Mesa and Camelback Ranch. Let’s all go to Lerua’s out on E. Broadway Boulevard in Tucson and score some green corn tamales. Then we can discuss how to sink this stupid tax surcharge in a friendly, bipartisan manner.

  11. Scott Derenger, - Mar 4, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    This is a no-brainer for Spring Training. The Cubs are the cash cow out in Arizona, period, end of story. The Reds? Who gives a sh*t about the reds. They have a gorgeous brand new regular season ballpark right on the river in Cincy and nobody comes to see them play there; You think Reds fans are gonna come to Arizona to watch them play games that really don’t matter?
    Hell no.
    The bottom line is that the Cubs fans put money in all the pockets of the stadiums where they play, in the regular season as well in Spring Training. An average of 4,000 Cubs fans follow the Cubs to Glendale, Peoria, Maryvalle and Surprise. They ultimately helped pay for those new stadiums. Now it’s time to give back.
    Without the Cubs, Spring Training teams would lose millions of dollars. It’s that simple.
    So for their classless, cross-town rival to boycott the very team that helped build their stadium in Chicago, it’s just another reason to loathe the White Sux even more.
    Go Cubs.

  12. Really - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Wow, didn’t know that. If the Cubs are doing so great why don’t they pay their own way. If they have that many fans attending their spring games, why are they crying poverty. If the state of Arizona or anyone else wants to build the Cubs a new stadium then go ahead. By why should the other teams there pay for enriching the Cubs. This is like welfare for the rich.

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