Here we go gain. The Cleveland Browns want to put over 125 million dollars of improvements into First Energy Stadium and they want you to pay for it.
The City of Cleveland will be approached by Jimmy Haslam III and Joe Banner this Friday, both men will be holding their hands out expecting the city to help fund improvements that they say will give the fans a better experience when they attend Browns games.
The cost could be passed onto the tax payers and the tax payers don’t want to pay for it. Not only is the smooth talking Jimmy Haslam III trying to get funds from the city, he is throwing the city under the bus with the time frame he wants to get the money.
The City of Cleveland still has a high unemployment rate and many people living with the county that pays the sin tax can’t afford to attend Browns games.
The City said the first they heard of these needed improvements was yesterday and they are wondering why it wasn’t presented with more time to put something together.
You also have to appreciate the fact that Haslam and Banner waited to come forward with the stadium improvement plan until after the elections were over, this way they avoid having the issue of putting this sin tax extension on the ballot for people to vote on.
Yes sir, Jimmy Haslam and company are some slick business men. They will make the City of Cleveland look terrible if they don’t pass the tax.
I couldn’t help to notice the mock-ups the Browns used featured large letters on top of the Jumbo-Trons that said “Cleveland Clinic.”
How much cash is the Clinic going to kick in? The Cleveland Clinic is about to have a massive lay off as they try to trim 350 million dollars out of their budget.
But, hey they have the money to have their name included in the Browns improvement project. Here’s an idea.
Why doesn’t Haslam III use some of the money his company scammed out of the truckers in the rebate scam they were running over at Pilot Flying J?
There are other owners in the NFL that pay for their own stadiums. They don’t expect the tax payers to take on the burden of improving their teams stadiums.
Then we come to the question of how are these improvements going to improve the team? Will they put the Browns into the play-offs? This is the kind of improvements real Browns fans want to see, a winning team.
The real fans used to attend games at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium and while the place was great, they enjoyed it because the team could win there.
The Haslam team are some smooth operators, they put the improvement idea in front of the media and the public before they secured the money to do it and then they go to the city with their hands out. This way, the city becomes the fall guy if they don’t kick in the bucks.
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