I suspect that our $190M stadium with its $4M/year, $85M mortgage prompted the Board of Directors to instruct Mack to do things on the cheap for the 2012 season. Why else would Mack dismantle the 2011 killer defense that took us to the Grey Cup?
Sports columnists should be investigating the real reasons why the Bombers are cutting corners to the extent that they felt compelled to impose TSA-type security and discard fans' food and water in order to make ends meet. Otherwise, we're going to be stuck with losing, low-budget teams for the next 20 years.
They should start by rounding up the usual suspects: David Asper, Sam Katz, & Greg Selinger. These three are responsible for the disastrous financing of the new stadium which is choking the life out of the football team.
Recall David Asper declared he would build a $140 million stadium with minimal public investment required. In exchange, he wanted to be given the ownership of the team. The deal would erase the team's debt and put them on a stable financial footing with new sources of revenue from the new stadium.
Asper couldn't raise a dime for his high-end mall that was supposed to pay for the new stadium, & Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz gave Asper $4 million in taxpayers' money for a hole in the ground and a few crayon drawings. Premier Greg Selinger stepped in and promised to fund the stadium on the province's dime even though the cost had risen to $190 million.
Selinger had to hide the fact he needed to borrow the $190 million, and thereby raise the deficit by that amount. He did it by claiming he wasn't spending any money on a stadium, he was loaning the entire sum to the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg football team who would pay the province back. The fact that the university and the Blue Bombers don't have a nickel between them to spend on a football stadium didn't matter.
We're screwed :oops: