Deal for Stadium in New Jersey Gives Teams Reason to Cheer
One reason – politicians make decisions based upon political considerations and not sound business or financial calculations. The state's deal on the sports stadium and property in the Meadowlands is just one sad example.
In his farewell address last week as governor of New Jersey, Dick Codey highlighted his deal to build a new stadium in the Meadowlands as an accomplishment.
"We watched a new day rise in the Meadowlands with the Giants and the Jets working together to build a new stadium at no cost to the taxpayers," said Mr. Codey, who has described the deal as a win-win for the football teams and for New Jersey residents.The Giants and the Jets will make a killing. Here’s what they get:
But as any fan knows, some wins are more lopsided than others. The new, 80,000-seat stadium promises to be a gold mine for the teams, and something less than that for the taxpayers.
- $183.9 million a year from advertising and premium seats
- $100 million for each team in annual media revenues
- $55 million in ticket sales for each team
- $17.5 million a year for the stadium's naming rights
- $35 million a year from corporate sponsors and advertisers whose logos will adorn the stadium
- $30.8 million a year for club seats
- $102.8 million a year for luxury suites
- Ability to develop the property with 520,000 square feet of restaurants, ports stores, entertainment facilities, health and fitness centers and halls of fame and millions more in profit
- $100 - $124 million in debt on the old stadium
- $30 million bill for utilities, sewers and other infrastructure for the new stadium
- Loss of the revenue, about $19 million, the state currently gets from parking, luxury suites and advertising under the current lease
- New Jersey must acquire 20 acres in northern New Jersey for a Jets headquarters and training facility
- The Giants are getting the free use of 20 acres in the Meadowlands for training fields
- A total of $5 million a year in rent from the Jets and the Giants for the next 25 years
- In lieu of taxes the teams will pay a combined $1.3 million for the next 15 years
- Sales tax revenue from tickets, merchandise and concessions and income taxes from the players for the days they are in the state
- Two New York football teams - they won't even use New Jersey in their names
George Zoffinger, the chief executive of the sports authority, was a vociferous critic of what he described as the one-sided nature of the new deal. But he was overruled by Mr. Codey.You have to ask yourself why Codey did.
Update: The Star-Ledger - Concerns about whether the state got a fair deal were raised after the teams floated a prospectus among investment bankers earlier this week in an effort to financing for stadium construction.
"It's 183 for the Giants and the Jets to five for the state of New Jersey," said George Zoffinger, executive director of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.We have been witting for well over a year (see previous posts below) that the various stadium deals reported in the press were bad for New Jersey. Codey wanted a deal come hell or high-water and as we previously pointed out:
"Serious questions have to be raised about the financial adviser to the governor in negotiating this deal," Zoffinger said. "Codey would have been better off with Sponge Bob Squarepants as his adviser."
During the gubernatorial campaign last fall, Corzine would not say what he thought of the deal: "I have no idea. I haven't seen the numbers."Now we learn:
Codey said Corzine never expressed concerns over finances when the two spoke during negotiations last fall. His singular worry, Codey said, was that the Jets and Giants were both part of the package, which they are.The current stadium deal is not final and Governor Jon Corzine can order the Sports Authority and the football team owners back to the negotiating table. He should.
When Corzine was running for Governor he liked to bill himself as “among his party's chief economic and finance experts” and in the later months of the campaign promoted himself as “one of the nation’s foremost experts on the economy and financial markets”.
Let’s see if Corzine proves any better than Sponge Bob Squarepants.
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