...of complete acceptance (advocacy?) of corporate welfare has apparently migrated to Speedway and the racing community.
The football and basketball teams are given about a billion taxpayer dollars worth of real estate plus seemingly unlimited further annual drains on the same wallets.
A member of that downtown "leadership" moved out to Speedway, and, "Presto," the race track, which has operated for about a century on it own, receives a hundred million dollar "governmental loan." According to earlier media stories, an unknown share of that went for additions and "upgrades" which provide more income for the track.
Partially as a result of that new public subsidy, the question of the local TV blackout of the race has been raised again this year.
Apparently all reserved seats have been sold, even those which go for $1,750 each. But a few thousand more fans might yet be crammed into the infield. On that basis, the blackout will stand. Members of the inner circle of operations will determine when - or if - that figure is reached.
Not that it makes any difference. The downtowner heading things up tells us in this morning’s paper that, "...selling out of tickets doesn’t assure the blackout of being lifted...".
We’re supposed to be mollified by his comment, "We’re looking carefully at it." (Our emphasis in both cases.)
Then the taxpayer gets another thumb in the eye by his justifying this situation in a comparison to the Colts’ blackouts of home games years ago.
An example of that iron-clad, childhood logic: "Everybody’s doing it."