10/28/04 Grandpa Warbucks' $5 Million
Con Job on Arlington voters.
For a college town, Arlington has some gullible
geezers -- or so, Grandpa Jerry Jones would have us believe. He sure is betting a hunk of change
(chump change to him).
I don't think Arlington voters are as dumb as Grandpa Jones has been
assured by his public relations people. I certainly don't think Arlington voters
are going to buy two clueless women and a goofy looking politician
who's living in the past telling them that the town's shortcomings will be fixed
with a stadium for Grandpa Jones.
Cowboys dig deep in push for stadium;
Team pours $5.1 million into effort; opposing group raises $43,000
October 26, 2004
? The Dallas Cowboys have contributed nearly $5.1 million to the group
supporting construction of a new Cowboys stadium.
... Vote Yes! campaign treasurer Robert Rivera
acknowledged that it will be a close election. He said the committee has
been willing to spend nearly $5 million to gain what might be the few votes
needed to win because "the citizens of Arlington are worth that investment.
Our future is worth that dollar amount."
... "This is an obvious attempt to buy an election
by an individual. And the question for Arlington voters is, can their votes
be bought?" Mr. Barnett said. ....
You know what ticks me off the
most in those ads? That business about Grandpa Warbucks giving
millions for the benefit of the "youth" in Arlington is disgusting.
Grandpa Jones is going to dole back
the taxpayers' money to them as if it's
some kind of charitable gesture from him. It's just like all politicians
who convince one group to support a tax that they are promised will only be on
someone else but they will get a cut of the action.
It's all a crock, and everyone who's saying otherwise are lying through their
Arlington has a budget shortfall now. Even if Grandpa Warbucks delivers on
his stadium lies, it will be several years before any (if any) dollars start
flowing to Arlington from anything that happens in or near a football stadium.
Arlington doesn't have the money to spare, much less to gamble. Grandpa
Warbucks is an official Billionaire, he has the money to spare to build his own
place of business.
It can't be helping when all these reports and stories are coming out debunking
all the Arkansas promises regarding a new football stadium.
Irving ponders Cowboys' worth;
Is franchise's value merely symbolic or economic substance?
October 27, 2004
IRVING ? The Dallas Cowboys earned their reputation
as a legendary franchise long ago. But after 33 years in Irving, the team's
off-the-field legacy here is a little less clear.
City leaders and business owners
disagree whether all the Super Bowl rings and Hall of Fame players helped
their suburb thrive economically or merely gave residents another reason to
cheer for the team." You've got the wonderful
rah-rah passion because it's the Cowboys," council member Beth Van Duynesaid.
"Putting the heart and feelings aside ... we need to reasonably ask: 'What
is the impact to us?' "
... A failure in Arlington could give Irving
another shot at keeping the Cowboys, but it also would mean that city
leaders would have to decide whether that shot is worth it.
Economists have studied the Cowboys'
impact on Irving since Texas Stadium was young, and have reached different
... A spokesman for Irving Mall said Cowboys fans
regularly shop there on game day. Mall officials wouldn't release figures
but said there's a "noticeable increase" in mall traffic when the team is in
town, said Les Morris, spokesman for Simon Property Group, the mall's owner.
... Mayor Joe Putnam, a member of the council on
and off since the mid-1970s, said the team is only important symbolically.
The Cowboys put Irving on the map and are a source of community pride, but
the team hasn't exactly filled city coffers, he said.
... Even business owners who benefit from the
Cowboys said a handful of games wouldn't make or break Irving's economy.
... The immediate area is filled with car and
tractor lots, auto repair businesses and a sprinkling of budget motels.
Mr. Putnam can't explain the lack of
development around the stadium.
... Stadiums nationwide don't typically attract
development, he said, and commerce in Irving has often been drawn to the
State Highway 114 corridor.
... The economic benefits of the Cowboys seem to
be spread throughout the region rather than being focused in the area around
the stadium, Mr. Patel said. He said many visitors who
come to town for a game would stay in Dallas, eat in Dallas and come to
Irving for the game.
Mr. Patel said other nearby motel
owners tell him that they get only a 10 percent bump in occupancy when the
Cowboys play at home.
... Some large Irving-based companies book as many
as 20,000 room-nights in city hotels each year, up to five times as many
rooms as are booked by Cowboys fans.
The stadium, with its signature hole
in the roof, isn't even the biggest tourist draw, according to statistics
provided by the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. Most of the city's
visitors are in town for business. Only 14 percent of visitors are leisure
travelers, according to a 2000 study. And they're more likely to visit area
malls than attend a Cowboys game. ...
This is not rocket science
stuff. A drive around Texas Stadium any day of the week puts a lie to anything Grandpa Warbucks' PR team is floating out there about
what's coming for Arlington. The area around Texas Stadium is very
accessible by car, but it has not generated development. That's not to say
Texas Stadium was not a good deal. It was and is. It was paid for by
the people who bought the bonds -- users.
You can't get to the Ball Park easily. Another sports stadium in that area will
generate horrendous traffic, but at least it would normally be on a Sunday.
Think about a Monday night game or a Thursday night game! Think about how
long you have been tied up in traffic trying to get to Texas Stadium and
multiply it by 10.
What would happen if the Rangers actually get to play into October? Well,
that is a stretch, but Boston just won the World Series. Anything is
Anything is possible except Arlington taxpayers getting a fair
return on their dollars if they fall for Grandpa Warbucks' big lie.
As a Dallas County taxpayer, I would love for Tarrant County to be stuck with
making that Arkansas freak richer. They are still the Dallas Cowboys.
Even that Irving hotel owner says people who come to town for Cowboy games stay
in Dallas and eat in Dallas. I just don't think the people in Arlington
will buy this $5 million con game.
If Dallas residents can drive over to Irving and see the lack of development
around Texas Stadium after 30 years, you can imagine how hard it has to be for a
sensible person to buy a gigantic football stadium is going to stimulate
massive development when little or nothing has come from the beautiful Ball
As far as sports facilities go, the Ball Park is gorgeous from the
highway. I've only seen the inside from the KRLD studios. How many
games have you been to at the Ball Park?
I heard several UTA students being interviewed about the promises being made by
Grandpa Warbucks' campaign. They weren't buying them either.
They basically said -- Jerry Jones should pay for it himself. Out of the
mouth of babes ...
Common sense will prevail in Arlington, because
Arlington voters have been voting NO quite regularly since they bought into
the empty promises of a windfall from a baseball stadium.
Then again, Dallas voters bought a $4 million campaign that never rang true.
You can tell a lie very often and very loudly with $5 million.