Friday, October 16, 2015
Indianapolis Star's Lead Headline Boasts Of Alcohol Sales At Sunday's Colts Game
This is more for the benefit of readers who are not unfortunate enough to live in a city where the only daily newspaper is a Gannett-owned newspaper. In other words, you live in a city where there is a legitimate newspaper that does real reporting and analysis of the news. Today's headline in bold red print letters on IndyStar.com, the online version of the Indianapolis Star, reads: "Exclusive: Alcohol Sales May Exceed $500,000 Sunday At Lucas Oil Stadium." I kid you not. This is what a Gannett-owned newspaper believes is news.
The story opens by telling us that every Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium is a sell-out this year but because the team is facing off against the New England Patriots, the "numbers suggest a spike will happen in another category: alcohol sales." So the newspaper is urging fans to head to the stadium Sunday and just get totally plastered and then hop in their vehicles and drive home drunk, hoping they won't get in a wreck and kill someone on the way home.
Where is Mothers Against Drunk Driving? Why aren't they standing outside the front doors of the Indianapolis Star's office downtown protesting the newspaper using its news pages every day to encourage its readers to go out and drink? I look at this newspaper's online edition every day. There is not a day that goes by that there is not an article pushing alcohol consumption in one form or another. Would someone please explain to me why Gannett wants its readers all to become alcoholics?
Today's story goes on to note the only reason it knows what alcohol sales are is because the Capital Improvement Board is required to pay the profit from the stadium's concessions to the greedy, billionaire NFL team owner, Jim Irsay, who pays zero rent on the stadium that will cost taxpayers billions before it's finally paid off and keeps virtually every revenue it could conceivably generate in income. Beer sales alone at the stadium last season generated $4.1 million for Irsay compared to the $1.4 million he earned from soft drink sales. The pertinent question to the public is why Mr. Irsay isn't required to pay property taxes on the stadium since it is used 100% for his personal corporate profit? That's a question the sports-happy newspaper won't dare to broach.