History & Blood Editorial: A Response to Foundry
As you’ve likely read the CEO of the Foundry, Dan Cordes, has released a letter stating the Foundry’s willingness to pay for the public share of the MLS stadium plan recently released by SC STL.
Hallelujah! No need to worry about the vote… right?
Well, first I have a question or two that need to be answered.
First and foremost is why would this be done via public letter? Surely this is the sort of thing that could be handled in private meetings. I can’t recall any other business dealings where someone stated their interest to invest in a public letter before having the details ironed out behind the scenes already.
So why the public letter? One of two reasons. First is that they simply can’t get in contact with anyone at SC STL. Kavs and his crew may very well not be willing to pick up the phone for the Foundry. This could be for any number of reasons, and frankly those reasons don’t really matter. If SC STL doesn’t want to talk to the Foundry then they’re not likely to want them to have any part of their team either.
The second reason is because the Foundry have already talked to SC STL and were rejected. Again, this could be for any number of reasons but the point is that they were turned down and now they want to let everyone know.
And this brings me to the second question; what’s the point?
It’s pretty simple actually. They’re trying to manipulate the public.
They know that there is no way that SC STL will accept their offer. And of course this will reflect badly on the concept of public funding. Now this doesn’t mean that the Foundry will suddenly be in the pole position for the MLS franchise. They’ve never been in consideration and never will be.
What this will do is turn the stadium funding into a major political issue for the 2017 St Louis City elections. And now every candidate who opposes public funding for the stadium can thank the Foundry for their support. And in the world of politics a favor is worth far more than $80 million.
But I hope, and I pray that I’m wrong. I hope that we’ll hear SC STL announce that they’re willing to accept the offer and that everything is well underway towards building our new stadium. And if that happens then I will publicly apologize to Mr. Cordes and the Foundry.
But until they prove otherwise I will continue to consider them the charlatans and conmen they act like.