If you've read any of my earlier stuff on earlier versions of this little blog, or any of the stuff over at the mothership, you'll know that one thing I hate more than anything is public-financing for stadiums and arenas. It is my firm belief that if a rich owner wants a brand-new pleasure palace, of which he gets to keep the proceeds, then he should build the damn thing himself.
I think about the only people who ever listen to me are the people in California --with the exception of San Diego -- and Washington who refuse to build anything for rich pricks.
Today's deadbeat comes to us by way of the NHL where it is being reported that the New Jersey Devils are reneging on over two million dollars in rent payments to the city of Newark for the new pleasure palace the city built for them last year. The Devils are claiming that construction has not yet been completed, and as such, they don't have to pay any money.
It's not enough that the Devils are responsible for the zone trap which has helped to take the fun out of hockey, now they're stiffing the people of Newark. And this leads to my ultimate question: if construction wasn't finished, then why have the Devils been playing in the place for over a year? Their old facility still stands over at the Meadowlands, just go back there if your new pleasure palace isn't complete.
Deadbeats. Rich frigging deadbeats.