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Arizona House approves measure to raise money for Cubs

Mar 18, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

The Chicago Cubs are cursed? I think not.

According to Carrie Muskat of, the Arizona House of Representatives has approved a measure to raise money to keep the Cubs from moving to Florida and to “generate more than $100 million for improvements to facilities across the Valley over the next 30 years.”

Arizona Rep. John McComish, R-Phoenix, is pushing the surcharge in House Bill 2736, despite opposition from the other Cactus League teams.

The original plan would raise $81 million over 25 years and included a $1 car rental fee and an 8 percent Spring Training ticket surcharge. McComish dropped the car rental fee and boosted the ticket surcharge to 10 percent in hopes of raising $185 million over 30 years.

The plan now goes to the Senate, with more negotiations on the way. The rest of the Cactus League teams are against the plan, which is understandable. I wouldn’t want to be taxed to help my neighbor build a new house. They can move to Florida for all I care.

But then again, it’s also a little shortsighted. After all, my neighbors don’t do anything to help me make money. The same can’t be said of the Cubbies, who are the top draw in Arizona and according to one study, bring in $138 million annually to the local economy. According to Muskat’s story, nine of the top 10 attended Cactus League games have been Cubs games.

So what’s good for the Cubs, is good for all the teams in Arizona. You think the Grapefruit League would let the Yankees leave? Didn’t think so.

Then again, the Cubs are one of the top money-making teams in the majors, so maybe they should build their own stadium. Like that will ever happen.

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  1. Jonny5 - Mar 19, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Multi million dollar team owners parasitically leaching off the wallets of taxpayers for their facilities makes me sick. Arizona should ask the cubs to not let the door hit them in the ass when they leave. It’ll take 30 years to cover the price tag? Wow, then it’ll be time for another stadium won’t it?

  2. Milwaukee Mike - Mar 19, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    What else would you expect from the Cubs, Baseball’s most PRECIOUS franchise, with the most SPORTSMANLIKE and KNOWLEDGABLE fans. Aren’t they just ADORABLE, whether it’s scalping tickets to their own fans or charging little kids to stand on Waveland to catch fouls.
    The only solace that the rest of us NL Central fans have is that, despite the bottomless well of Flatlander money that gets thrown at their roster, they will continue to lose–not that it makes much difference to Scooter from Naperville with the popped collar and the other REAL Cubs fans who occupy that museum of a ballpark.
    Yes, I’m bitter.

  3. Scooter in Naperville - Mar 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Milwaukee Mike,
    This whole mess was Bud Selig and John McCain’s idea, so don’t blame us.
    I didn’t vote for the guy, but McCain said that the Cubs fans make up 50% of all the fans who travel to AZ each spring. Make no mistake- THIS IS A CUB FAN TAX. Sorry that you Laverne, Potsy, and the 14 fans of the Diamondbacks have to kick in a couple of bucks. We’re doing the heavy lifting (as usual) to keep the Cactus League viable.
    Good luck bowling tonight.

  4. Go Tribe 2010 - Mar 19, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    You think the Cubs will wait 30 years before asking for a new stadium? HoHoKam was built 13 years ago!! Instead of paying $20 bucks in Cub Tax next year, I’m going to donate it to whoever is running against this John McComish clown. Hopefully the voters in Mesa vote this crap down.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    The voters in Mesa appear to have little to say about it. This is being handled at the state level.
    Incidentally, if you happen to live out there on Dessication Row, I read here in The Journal of Irreproducible Results that the horned toads are disappearing. Better not walk around barefoot.

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