3/2 Four teams boycott Cactus League event

The annual Cactus League breakfast was created for the Major League teams based in Arizona to kickoff the season on a positive note. On Tuesday, four teams boycotted the event in protest of the proposed surcharge on Cactus League tickets to help pay for the Cubs’ new stadium. The Dodgers, White Sox, Reds and Angels did not send a representative to the breakfast, held in Mesa.

General managers from the big league teams are invited to the breakfast, and this year, only two attended, and one was Cubs GM Jim Hendry. Other teams took a different route. The Brewers, for example, sent a member of their radio broadcast team.

Cactus League teams have made it clear to the Cubs that they want the team to stay in Arizona. But the surcharge, proposed by Arizona legislators, is another matter. The Cubs have narrowed the list of possible sites in Mesa to three, all off the Loop 202 freeway, and east of the current location. The Cubs begin the 32nd consecutive season on Thursday, playing host to Oakland at HoHoKam Park.

– Carrie Muskat

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Interesting that the boycotting teams all are enjoying luxurious up to date facilities courtesy of Arizona taxes.

How do you pronounce Hypocrites?

The tax that is there now is put on ALL fans for ALL the teams that play in the Phoenix area– it is on Rental cars and hotels, and ALL spring training teams benefit from it.

There is NO REASON why fans of ALL the other teams should have to shoulder an additional tax for the benefit of a SINGLE team.

The tax that is there now is put on ALL fans for ALL the teams that play in the Phoenix area– it is on Rental cars and hotels, and ALL spring training teams benefit from it.

There is NO REASON why fans of ALL the other teams should have to shoulder an additional tax for the benefit of a SINGLE team.

Exactly tarnishedhalo, if AZ wants to increase the tax burden accross the state to all residents just to help the Cubs improve or build new facilities that should be put to the people and properly legislated. Let the people decide if financially helping the Cubs is in their best interest. Maybe the taxpayers might not want to help the Cubs who’s GM is already mis-allocating their own funds by acquiring and over paying players such as Soriano, Fukodome, Bradley, Miles, Gregg, etc., maybe tax payers would like to see some more common sense and or fiscal responsability from a team before dishing out THEIR money to help out. You take away some of the RIDICULOUS contracts given out over the past few years and the Cubs may not need money from Cactus League surcharges. Regardless of my or other non-AZ resident’s opinion, this should not be a surcharge issue unless all Cactus League teams share in the revenue from the surcharge. Who knows…maybe the boycotting teams can use some extra cash as well…maybe they could install some new facilities or ammeneties for THEIR fan base…

Do the Dodgers, White Sox, Reds and Angels think they are part of the Government of Arizona? Taxes are not their concern. If they don’t want to pay they can leave.

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