If memory serves the land battle in Augusta has been ongoing for 4 years, and until thats settled Ripken has no idea of total cost. Once he knows that he can pursue private investment.
There's a state school involved and all that stuff.
But Ripken is now open to other locations in that city...
The taxpayers of course are against it.
Larger taxpayer funding for stadiums have been rejected recently in Long Island, Sarasota and St Louis (I think). Even the new California stadium will be privately financed. (It is against California Law to use property taxes to build stadiums. They can use room taxes, or specific sales taxes but not the general property taxes).
I think the age of the public rolling over for team owners has come to an end........
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