Let's all make a pact where we agree to stop believing every nonsensical thing AEG tells us
The Kansas City Star
So Tim Leiweke, trying to strong-arm the NFL into relocating to his AEG profit machine in Los Angeles, said something offensive to Kansas City:
“We won’t have a cloud of uncertainty over our heads for the next two years and chase this. Phil (Anschutz, AEG boss) has made it clear to me it is not his lifelong ambition to own an NFL team so we’re going to do the best we can to try and get this done in the next year or two. We’re not the kind of company that will be sitting here five years from now chasing this dream; we have other things need to go do.”
I first saw this through Pro Football Talk, and sarcastically mentioned on Twitter that AEG seems to have plenty of patience when it comes to the Sprint Center.
I’ve written plenty of times about all of this, but was a little surprised on Twitter that at least some are still buying AEG’s rhetoric about an anchor tenant somehow being bad for Sprint Center business.
Look, I don’t have access to their financials. And if I did, maybe I’d understand how the Sprint Center is better off having three events this entire month rather than the nine that are at, for instance, the Chesapeake Energy Center, where the NBA’s Thunder play.
This entire month, the Sprint Center has three events listed on its website: bull riding this past Sunday, Lady Antebellum on Friday, and Jimmy Buffet on the 21st.
Next month is busier, with six events: two Command games, a pro skateboarding show, Miranda Lambert, Van Halen, and AVICII.
So back off, NBA. We don’t want your stupid basketball. We’re all booked here.
Look, there are 30 NBA teams that play in arenas that also host concerts and other events, and all of them seem to be making it work. If having 15,000 or so fans^ in an arena 41 nights a year is such a horrible idea, why isn’t Oklahoma City or Memphis offering us their teams to make DAMN sure they land that bull riding event?
^ NBA average attendance looks to be about 17,000.
Oklahoma City, by the way, has had a lot of the same events as Sprint Center: Drake, bull riding, motocross, etc. Same thing with Memphis.
Bruce Springsteen’s might be the summer’s biggest tour, and by my count he’s playing 10 shows in cities with NBA and/or NHL teams this month. Even with all of the Sprint Center’s open dates, he’s not coming here.
One of AEG’s arguments is that it can offer the biggest acts the best dates, but Madonna’s coming on a Tuesday in October. By my count, of her 43 shows, all but four are in cities and/or arenas that have an NBA/NHL team. Those other 39 — including New Orleans, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Charlotte — made it work around their teams’ schedules and other events that help pay the bills.
I’ve written this before, but I’d be a lot angrier at AEG if their misdirections and fibs left us with debt on Sprint Center. Even without a team, I’m glad we have the arena (even as the Power and Light district across the street suffers).
I just wish they’d have been upfront and more honest. I also wish more of you could see what they’ve done.