Sports fans will probably prefer Respectful of Otters' version
George Soros is thinking of buying Washington's new baseball team. And the Republicans are freaking out. Tom Davis, chairman of the government reform committee, if making all sorts of dire threats.
From Roll Call:
Davis, whose panel also oversees District of Columbia issues, said that if a Soros sale went through, "I don't think it's the Nats that get hurt. I think it's Major League Baseball that gets hurt. They enjoy all sorts of exemptions" from anti-trust laws.
Indeed, Hill Republicans could potentially make life difficult for MLB in a variety of ways. In addition to being exempt from anti-trust rules, baseball is still under scrutiny over the steroid issue. The Nats, meanwhile, hope to have a publicly-funded stadium built soon, though money for that venture is expected to come through the sale of bonds rather than a federal outlay.
Still, Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that covers the District of Columbia budget, said if Soros buys the team and seeks public funding for the new stadium or anything else, the GOP attitude would be, "Let him pay for it."
As a taxpayer, I am asking George Soros to do his country a favor and buy all of professional sports.
Think of the taxpayer money we'd save.