The new issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) carries an article entitled "Ballard may wrest management of fieldhouse from Pacers."
Apparently some thought is being given to turning the operation of the property to a professional management company. We did not understand the proposition to include shifting non-basketball revenues away from the Pacers.
One sports management expert cited tells us the current arrangement is "spectacularly generous." The other side of the coin is represented by the usual extortion threats from a man who used to write that professional sport is an economic non-starter.
" ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ Rosentraub said. ‘That might weaken the Pacers to the point their viability is less stable.’ " In other words, municipal catastrophe the equal of the Mayan calendar prediction might happen. The Pacers would leave!!!
But the absolute prize quote in the story comes from our illustrious mayor.
"Ballard corrects anyone who thinks the money is a subsidy for professional basketball. ‘We’re paying to run the building,’ he said."
One can’t help but wonder what he would say if his secretary asked for a raise because payment for her new car left her incapable of paying her child care costs.
Such a statement indicates complete, utter contempt for the intelligence of his constituency. Of course there is the possibility that he may be right.
After all, they did re-elect him.