Demise of the Nats?
I apologize that we haven't posted on this earlier. As you may have already heard, it was a dark evening, now morning, for the Nats as the DC Council voted 7-6 (or 10-3, it's hard to tell from the articles I have read how to separate the overall vote from a particular amendment vote) to require that the ballpark financing come at least half from private sources.
There apparently is no chance of this vote being reversed, and in fact, it might go further in the direction it is already going. According to the Washington Post, three new council members are about to start their terms, all of whom are against public financing for a stadium.
Reports today say, maybe prematurely, maybe not, that MLB will most likely re-open the search for a new Expos home and that 2005 (because they have nowhere else to go) will possibly-probably be the only year of the Washington Nationals. All of the reports coming out of this are tremendously negative ranging from the demise of the Nats being somewhat likely to almost definite. I would say that it is certainly negative, but I wonder what MLB would say if they actually got a signed contract from a private financier pledging to fund half the stadium. 20 entities have apparently put in private financing proposals, so at least that is a start. Right now, that appears to be our only hope, and I for one, hope that it comes to fruition or this will be a whole lot of wasted energy--and I would think the vast majority of the 15,000 new season ticket holders would demand a refund, since going to Nats games would be an exercise in masochism.