Not satisfied with extorting money out of the pockets of Washingtonians, Clay Bennett has now shifted his attention to the good people of Oklahoma.
According to the AP, at a sports business conference (theme: "Finding Effective Ways to Get Government to Pay") at Oklahoma State University, Bennett stated that it did not make any sense for private individuals to pay for sporting venues, in that they are going to provide "such dramatic public return."
Unless, of course, they are in Seattle, in which case they have no affect on the local economy. This guy, he's killing me.
But if you want a real laugh, check out part of Bennett's rationale for why building these palaces for the wealthy are so economically relevant.
"... you've got players coming that are purchasing homes, buying vehicles ..."
Hey, we all know that NBA players are all about buying big cars and bigger houses, but would anyone with even a remote knowledge of economics agree with His Clayness on this point? Asking for $150 million from the state, then using the homes and cars of 12 individuals as an offset?
Man, when it comes to ridiculous, you can't top these guys.