Daniel Snyder and Parking
The Philly Inquirer reports today that parking is going up from $11 to $20 this season. $11, really? What a deal. The Inky says that this $20 is still significantly less than East Coast NFLers like the Ravens ($25), the Skins ($30) and the Patriots ($35). Why it should cost more to park in the nether regions of Prince George's County than in downtown Washington is something I still haven't figured out. But believe it or not the $30 doesn't outrage me, since I find a nice three-hour tailgate to be considerably more enjoyable than many football games, and $30 is cheaper than a game ticket. Of course, you could also pay $750 for a season pass. Man, sports are a racket.
Anyhow, Dan Shaughnessy, in the course of calling the preseason consumer fraud, says that Patriots parking is actually $40. (He also asks BBBelichick about the number of preseason games, and gets this response: "It's whatever it is." A nice twist on "it is what it is. Coming up next: "it's wherefore it is.")
The league average for parking was $16.31 in 2005; at the time, the Skins were tied for the league lead in both hot dog cost ($5.00, with Houston and Seattle), soda cost ($5.00, with Baltimore) and beer cost ($7.00, with Baltimore and St. Louis).
Where were we? Oh yeah, parking. City Paper writer and Sports Bog neighbor Dave McKenna reports this week that Daniel Snyder's parking hijinks are spreading around his empire. Snyder's cronies have stamped out parking competition around a New England Six Flags park by claiming it's--heard this one before?--a safety hazard. The competition doesn't agree.
Tony Cirillo, a businessman in Agawam who had been parking 100 cars a day on his lot adjacent to Six Flags before the ban kicked in, seconds Palazzi's emotion. "This was never about safety," Cirillo says. "That guy [Mark] Shapiro knows it, but he actually heckled me [at a hearing], called me 'pathetic.' He gets up in his $2,000 suit and thinks he can just take advantage of people here. He's just a stooge for Dan Snyder."
The mayor says he wants everyone to park on the same side of the street; one of the set-upon rival parkers who was fined for his insolence actually is on the same side of the street as the park. Meanwhile, the competition has started talking Six Flags and safety hazards and chopped-off feet. Ah, Mr. Daniel-son. Spreading goodwill, near and wide.
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