Past history and motivation of the two organizers aside, I agree with them that taxpayers should not be required to pay for this. If private investors aren't excited about it and lining up to fund it, then it's a losing proposition and taxpayers do not need to be forced to pay for it. Nor do the taxpayers need to assume any debt with regard to the project.
If taxpayer funds are involved, then the taxpayers should have total control of the operation - from hiring and firing staff to setting salaries and schedules. Mandalay and the Atlanta Braves should be required to cover any losses, and profits should be garnished 100% by the taxpayers until the entire amount that was funded is repaid. I seriously doubt that Mandalay and the Braves would agree to those terms, because they KNOW that this project is not fiscally sustainable.
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