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Major League Sleazeball

The below is an “Outside the Lines” report explaining the emerging scandal over the new Yankee Stadium tax swindle, with a cameo from Friend of the Banter Neil deMause. It may seem petty for the federal government to be concerned with this given the state of our economy, but the Yankees are trying to swindle the government, and thus the tax payers, out of hundreds of millions of dollars. If any other corporation tried a stunt like that, I’d want the feds to investigate, so I’m glad they’re doing so here.

Man, Randy Levine is the ultimate sleaze, ain’t he?

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1 Raf   ~  Oct 28, 2008 12:51 am

Glad they're doing this, I wish the feds would go after more _______ if they aren't playing on the level with taxpayer dollars.

2 thelarmis   ~  Oct 28, 2008 1:33 am

off topic to this post, but relates to the new Bronx Banter...

say we've clicked to comment to the current post, so we're off the homepage. is there any possible way to alert us if a new post has been added? i may not have worded that well, let me try again...

i was on the game thread all night, but it appears cliff put a new post (this sleazeball one) during it and i had no idea til about 2 hours later. it's really not a big deal, but i figured since we're throwing around ideas and might have some changes, i'd inquire...

hell, it might already be intact and i just missed it. going to hit 'send', i see a link to the previous post - in read, bottom left...

[...] (Hat tip to Cliff Corcoran) [...]

4 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 28, 2008 2:05 am

Agree 100% Cliff. This kind of criminal activity makes it hard sometimes to just sit back and enjoy the wonderful game of baseball... as for the Steinbrenners, Levine and the rest of the Yankee organization..why can't we send THEM to New Jersey and have the team be owned by the city? :)

5 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 28, 2008 3:44 am

I put this post up after the game was called, but yeah, my list of things to do includes some sort of sidebar section listing recent posts so you can see it while in an active comment thread.

6 ms october   ~  Oct 28, 2008 8:48 am

good post cliff.
and i agree on both points - to me the feds investigating this isn't analagous to the waste of time steroid hearings - there needs to be a crackdown on large enterprises swindling money - all the banks that did it need to be investigated and for helping put the economy in the mess we are in - and the yankee stadium deal should not be exempt from oversight and from shady or perhaps illegal actions.
and when the hell can we get rid of randy levine - bad enough rudy foisted him on the yanks but they got their damn stadium what the hell is his purpose now?

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 28, 2008 9:21 am

I believe there was also a lot of crap involved in the Pittsburg Satdium and maybe others? Is what the Yanks did unique, or is this just business as usual when funding a stadium?

8 ms october   ~  Oct 28, 2008 9:49 am

i do think it is business as usual - most of these stadium deals involve some sleaze - though it seems like the yankees touched on most all of the elements of sleaze for this deal.

and if the bronx banter powers that be are reading - one thing that would be nice is to be able to change our password from that randomly selected one (perhaps you can and i haven't figured out weher to do so) - i don't like having my password remebered on my work computer.

9 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 28, 2008 9:53 am

ms october - you can change it yourself. Click on "site admin" in the upper left box that has "log in", and then click on your name in the blue bar on the upper right. That will bring up your profile and down near the bottom is a place to change your password.

There might be (must be?) an easier way to get to your profile, but I haven't found it yet. =)

10 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 28, 2008 9:55 am

Neil deMause will tell you its business as usual, but really smelly in this particular instance.

Also, because its the Yankees, it gets a lot of attention. How much would the national press be paying attention if this happened in, say, Pittsburgh? (No offense Pittsburgh)

11 ms october   ~  Oct 28, 2008 9:57 am

great. thanks so much shaun.

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