Thursday, April 09, 2009

Don Garber is threatening to relocate D.C. United. With the team's latest stadium proposal cratering this week, the MLS commish says time is running out for the four-time league champions. Steve Goff, of course, brings the news:
"They cannot continue to operate the way they are much longer. We are getting to the point where we have to start looking at alternatives if we can't put a plan together soon."
Is this simply a negotiating ploy? Probably. Professional sports franchises are masters of bullying cities into submission by threatening to leave town. Remember that cockamamie scheme to supposedly send the Minnesota Twins to North Carolina? 100 percent, pure, unmitigated Carl Pohlad bullshit. The Twins, of course, eventually extorted their price for sticking around: a new publicly financed, $400 million ballpark.

Garber has undoubtedly learned from the masters.