Letters to the Editor

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 10:45pm

Networks dropped the ball

Once again [this time on Sunday, March 21] I was appalled when I turned to the local stations in an attempt to see the evening newscasts. As usual, I found that the CBS Evening News had been pre-empted by sports and that NBC News was as well. ABC News, on the other hand, had the good sense to show an actual newscast.

On this momentous day in history [with the passage of the health care bill], one might think that someone at CBS or NBC would have had the good sense to preempt their beloved sports in favor of the news. But, once again, we see that they believe that people playing with a ball is more important than our nation's future!

Kudos to ABC News, which truly carried the ball.

John Mark Browder, 37211

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254 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:24

The Pred. deal works out good for the city. The fixed cost of the Areana is sunk if it's not being used. There's no way we could keep it full during the week without Preds contract. Without the deal we'd be paying for a big empty building with no revenues. With the deal the building stays active and we net revenues. Then there's the residual income to the down-town establishments. Also $2Millon of the deal is tied to attendance goals so there is some protection on the down-side for the city.

If you were to ask the conservative "should we build an areana for a sports team?" the correct answer is usually "No". If you ask the conservative, "should we cut a deal with the sports team to assure our existing arena doesn't sit idle?"... then the answer is, "Well ... let's look at the numbers."

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 1:24

Just my fist, slacker!

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:25

lol

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:27

Areana -> Arena

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:28

Ben, you didn't mention our future baseball stadium.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:30

Dude... I hope they go Riverfront. That'll be freakin' sweet.

Funny how a change of address can help change your perspective. lol

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:33

lol, Fund! Hiya, Mama!

How's the new place, Ben?

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:35

Yep, can you see the football stadium from your condo Ben?

By: dargent7 on 3/22/10 at 1:35

437 "Comments" over at The Tennessean, and it's only 1:30pm.
My 500 is too low....may hit 700. Man- o- man, National Health Care gets the Klan's blood boiling.
And who says the state of Tenn isn't comprised of level headed, rational, and compassionate, God fearing people? HA!

By: Funditto on 3/22/10 at 1:36

Have you ladies seen this (the Old Spice "look at me" commercials):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:37

We're liking it a lot. We're on the river side near the top and the view of the river, bridges and stadium are great.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:39

Yes, slack. Does anybody know where the proposal for the riverfront baseball stadium is online?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:39

Funditto - yes I have. they're hilarious in an absurdist sort of way.

Very cool, Ben.

By: jvh2b on 3/22/10 at 1:44

Quick note on the Pred's and revenue...don't forget the concession sales. I've had the privilege of working there for a non-profit to raise money. A slow night in 1 stand was about 350.00 (at 9.75% in sales taxes). Multiply that times what...20/25 stands per floor, 3 floors, and the Preds play something like 60 home games? At a MINIMUM you are talking a cool 1.5 mil in sales tax revenue SOLELY from food/beer sales. If I'm not mistaken beer/liquor is taxed even higher. Cha Ching!

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:44

Govt. Health care? Oh well. I guess that'll serve my early retirement plans better than going back to teach for 10 years to lock in defined benefit health care. No need for that now. I'll just latch on-to the teat with everyone else.

Kinda wonderin' who's going to pay the tab for it all though? Ah f*ck it... it's not my problem.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 1:49

There are 41 home games a year, add another 2 or 3 for the first round of the playoffs. A deep playoff run will keep the building busy into late May.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 1:50

i would like the Sounds to move downtown and the stadium also used for outdoor concerts. wouldn't that be awesome?

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 1:50

Yeah, especially since they destroyed Starwood.

By: brrrrk on 3/22/10 at 1:53

Loner said

"D7, Sen. McConell and Sen. Bunt are just acting out Kentucky's long-simmering frustration with Washington. They resent losing their slaves in 1863, in spite of their staying in the union. From that time unti the present day, the majority of white people in KY have felt betrayed by the federal government. They want compensation for the losses that their white supremacist ancestors suffered....it's stuck in their craw....so to speak."

And ironically speaking, Kentucky is another one of those states (like Tennessee) that consistently takes more money in federal hand outs than they pay in federal taxes.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:55

Now is the time to buy at the Veridian or Encore.

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 1:56

I had seen that ad, Fun! Thanks for sharing because I really needed a good laugh. Those are pretty funny commercials!

Ben, I'm jealous! Not really but glad you have such great views!

That would be awesome if the stadium was downtown and used for outdoor concerts. Starwood was waaay too far for me to drive for a concert anyway. I did go to a couple out there but didn't like the drive at all! (Especially if I wanted to drink!)

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 1:58

Did I top Syd? There's more.... Question posed by Funditto.

Yes, and you did an excellent job.

I, of course, have nothing to add, since I've been glued to my favorite do-nothing chair, watching my favorite mindless SOAP opera or is that opra? I siged back on to amuse my small, small mind.

Remember, "It's a small, small world . . . . . . - Full of small, small minds".

My favorite quote to date. AND second favorite quote, said by someone else: "I did not have sex with that intern".

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 1:59

brrrrk, Tennessee is gonna need a bigger boat, to bring in those federal funds to pay for whats coming.

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 2:00

You may be right, slacker!!! Or the Stahlman...

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:01

That would be pretty cool. And when Babs comes to town I could yell from my balcony, "shut up and sing!".

By: Funditto on 3/22/10 at 2:01

new By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 1:44
.......... Kinda wonderin' who's going to pay the tab for it all though? Ah f*ck it... it's not my problem."

I'm wondering if you had this thought when GWB put us in the hole via Iraq? Just curious.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 2:03

Don't start with that Dove body wash for "men" stuff again.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:03

if we were able to use a downtown stadium for concerts, that would be a great boost for the businesses down there.

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 2:04

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 1:50
Yeah, especially since they destroyed Starwood.

And G, you said that so well. THEY - the infamous THEY bought it and then tore it down and promised to build an ever so fine retail and residential with "walk around" features.

I live 2/3 mile from Starwood; loved the traffic; loved the noise. We could sit in our back yard and hear the lyrics on Hank Jr., or other loud concerts. Or buy a ticket and walk to the venue without paying parking.

I miss it. I loved it. Now, it's an empty vacant, abandoned lot! Progress! It sucks.

Funditto, top this: Dubai has the world's largest aquarium and recently it sprung a leak.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 2:04

MamaG, I almost done it. The maintenance fee's and veery high prop. tax scared me off.
Not to mention the panhandler's..yes I'm a panophobe.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 2:06

"We could sit in our back yard and hear the lyrics on Hank Jr., or other loud concerts."

Remember the Metallica concert, circa 1989? Loved it. It was soooo loud I saw old women rolling down the hill in the back...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:07

lol, g!

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 2:10

Honestly, I'm indifferent about a baseball stadium. The sport itself puts me to sleep, but can see the concert potential.

I would probably take the kids to a game or two a year, maybe.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 2:12

gd, you think Nashville is ready for Jai Alai?

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 2:12

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 2:06
"We could sit in our back yard and hear the lyrics on Hank Jr., or other loud concerts."

Remember the Metallica concert, circa 1989? Loved it. It was soooo loud I saw old women rolling down the hill in the back...

G, that must have been my neighbor next door. I moved here 12/23/89. Sorry I missed that Metallica concert.

Slacker, I enable panhandler's by donating dollars to them. Should I stop?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:13

i'm not a huge baseball fan, but i would go to a couple of games then catch dinner and drinks afterwards. it would be a good summer afternoon/evening activity, especially if you have people visiting from out of state.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:13

Iraq was a one-time project and history will be the arbiter as to how good or bad the decision was. Health Care is another ongoing entitlement that, by any sane measure, will outstrip revenues into perpetuity.

The other thing about Iraq is that we entered into it with large bipartisan agreement. Bush will be held to answer one question. “After we were there based on large bipartisan agreement; when the going got tough should we pull out and leave it to certain civil war, genocide and chaos; or should we follow through and finish the job?” His answer was “finish the job” putting him squarely on the opposite side of history of most of his detractors. Again, history will be the arbiter but one thing can be sure; either he or his detractors were right because they held opposite positions. There is no gray area here.

By: Kosh III on 3/22/10 at 2:13

"mindless SOAP opera or is that opra"

It's OPRY.
And you claim to live in Nashville? sid...you ignorant slut..........:)

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 2:14

Thanks for the heads up on the fees, etc., slacker--those are sometimes forgotten about when searching for properties.

I would rather see tax money spent on sports and sports venues than another mansion bunker or yet another convention center. I'm not all that into any of the sports but, I would support that over something idiotic, such as the conv. ctr.

By: house_of_pain on 3/22/10 at 2:17

Oh, Kosh...no....

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 2:17

By: sidneyames on 3/22/10 at 2:12
Slacker, I enable panhandler's by donating dollars to them. Should I stop?

Sidney, YES, you should stop. Enabling them in this way only keeps them on the streets...give to a shelter or some other place that works to get the homeless off our streets. Enabling them is not the answer!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:24

i second that, MamaG. if they say they want food, refer them to the local soup kitchen or shelter. or give them food - not money.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 2:27

The fact that we're still debating Iraq and that our troops are still there is all you need to know Ben.

I believe if you look up "cluster****" in the dictionary it will give you all the details about the buildup and execution of the war in Iraq that you need to know.

By: MamaG on 3/22/10 at 2:28

Blanket, did you make it to Far East this past weekend?

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:31

Yeah... whatever, gd.

By: BenDover on 3/22/10 at 2:33

A friend once recommended I carry around McDonald's gift certificates instead of cash to give to the pan-handlers but I've not done that for years.

By: gdiafante on 3/22/10 at 2:34

Sorry if that destroys your mancrush on Bush.

By: brrrrk on 3/22/10 at 2:35

house_of_pain said

"gd, you think Nashville is ready for Jai Alai?"

I don't know, what kind of music does he play. ;-)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/22/10 at 2:35

Planning on going in a couple weeks, MamaG. I'll give a full report!

Ben, I wouldn't give out gift certificates. They can always sell them for 1/2 off face value and get money for booze or drugs. Just give them food or a referral to the soup kitchen or shelter.

By: slacker on 3/22/10 at 2:35

sidney, you should stop enabling panhandlers. Send your money to me: slacker INC
I'll see that they get whats coming to them.