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By mb (registered) | Posted January 25, 2011 at 23:33:20

The 'RTH hates the Ticats' meme has been floating around lately, but I really don't hate the Ticats - or their owner. I'm happy to meet them halfway on a stadium that fulfills the Future Fund and Pan Am mandates while providing an opportunity for the team to be economically sustainable.

What I'm not happy with is the plan to meet them all the way on a stadium that fulfills none of the public objectives and requires no contribution from the team.

Fair enough, Ryan.
I know you've heard it before and you're probably sick of hearing it, but you must remember that Bob Young is a businessman, and like all businessmen, he will try and get the most for the least. It's just doing business. It doesn't make it right, and even I don't necessarily like it (please see my comment above). While I disagree with the pro-WH viewpoint of the majority of this site, I do have to admit that Bob has played very rough with the city here.

The question is: If council is stupid enough to buy into it, then why fault Bob?

but I worry about what kind of permanent damage he has done to his fanbase during this ordeal.

If we can survive the ownership of Harold Ballard, we can survive the ownership of Bob Young. Seriously, though, people can support a team, without liking the owner (see: Ballard, Pocklington, Jerry Jones, Bill Wirtz, etc...). My gut tells me that attendance may suffer a little for a couple of years (but at 15,000 seat Ron Joyce Stadium, you'll hardly notice), but eventually people will make their way back. People have short memories. The diehards (like me) will remain faithful to the team forever.

Comment edited by mb on 2011-01-25 23:38:06

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