Friday, April 14, 2006
Lottery For A New Fenway
Now that the Red Sox Ownership Group has lent its logo and credibility to the Massachusetts State Lottery, why not take the next logical step? How about a dedicated lottery game to raise revenue for a new Fenway Park? Is this a no-brainer, or what? We live in a state that has the most successful lottery in America. It raises money for our 351 cities and towns (not to mention the Bulger family) year in and year out. Why not reward the fans of America's greatest baseball team with a stadium befitting their loyalty? Janet Marie Smith can wave her magic wand till the cows come home, but those of us who attend more than Opening Day are still going to be cramped in our $80 Box Seats—with no where to place our over-priced beer. A dedicated lottery gets both the owners and the state off the financial hook—the money will come from those who really want to contribute to a state-of-the-art ballpark. If the NOG really cared about fans, they would spend their political capital to get this done on Beacon Hill.
Posted by Ernie Paicopolos at 11:08 PM