Saturday, January 28, 2006

Who's Screwing Who?

Mayor Williams submitted another doomed lease agreement to the D.C. Council yesterday. I won't re-hash all the details here, but the revised agreement includes a few paltry concessions from MLB in hopes of satisfying a few swing votes on the council. The lease agreement bucks the question of financing entirely, leaving those details to a forthcoming document called "The Construction Administration Agreement." Good job, you'll have to hope the council passes not one but two contentious agreements before the team can be sold! D.C. CFO Natwar Ghandi has come out against this new agreement, saying "I cannot take this to Wall Street." Ghandi's comments will almost certainly strengthen the resolve of the anti-stadium council members, dooming this agreement before it comes to a vote on February 7th.

I realize that some of my readers may be confused by the labrynthine dimensions of the stadium conflict. To help make sense of all this, I've assembled a helpful, USA Today-like InfoGraphic entitled: "Who's Screwing Who? The Washington Nationals Galaxy." This helpful, easy-to-read chart will help you cut through the clutter and understand who's who in the Nationals Greed Sweepstakes. To view the full-size chart, simply click on it and it will open in your browser window. Feel free to print it out and put it on your fridge, bedroom wall, public restroom stall, or any other handy place for future reference. Enjoy!