Thursday, December 10, 2009

My final thoughts on the Cowboys Stadium deal and moving on to Las Vegas

I guess Las Vegas will be the site of the upcoming Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, now that the planned tour of Cowboys Stadium has been cancelled. But now what do we have to argue about for the next three months until March 13?

How long has Richard Schaefer been sitting on this information that they weren't going to even listen to Texas?

Has Schaefer no professional shame? Why didn't he speak up earlier? Or is this a Bob Arum ploy to pile an embarrassing situation on someone he doesn't like anyway? Arum may want to go back to Jerry Jones and Texas someday and at the same time mend his own fences with HBO. By saying he is embarrassed Arum accomplishes both and it doesn't cost him anything.

Maybe I'm just outsmarting myself? We will probably never know the truth.

I never thought I would publicly pay Arum a compliment, but right here you see the difference between Arum and Schaefer. Arum is a tireless worker and Schaefer is a finesse -type of guy. A bull spit artist. Albeit a high - priced Swiss banker as Arum refers to him.

I'm sure the happiest people are the in-house ticket scalpers to the promoters that get first pull on the Las Vegas tickets the general public never gets a glimpse of seeing. You can jack up ticket prices when their are only 16,000 seats and have no accountability for them as opposed to 100,000.

Prominent writer Steve Kim of has an even more comprehensive look at the Las Vegas over Texas debate than I do but pack a lunch. He micromanages the subject down to the all important hookers involved...

I see the respected folks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which has a statue of Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya on its property, has entered the fray with a $20 million offer.

As have the good folks at the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). They have an 80,000 seat modern stadium in the nation's capital of Kinshasa on the site of the original Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman on October 30, 1974. They have sent an invitation to Bob Arum to come visit and meet His Excellency President Joseph Kabila while picking up a $20 million check.

I'm betting the billionaire Cowboys owner has already looked at and passed on five other deals since yesterday's aborted meeting with the boxing people.

As I have imagined previously, outside Jerry Jones' office right now are several respected millionaire businessmen holding everything from pennants, coffee mugs and calenders in their arms that they are waiting to splash Jerry's face on if he'll put their concert or tractor pull or motocross under his Cowboys Stadium roof.

"Fast Eddie" Schuyler, former Associated Press boxing beat writer, and yesterday selected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, had a memorable line years ago when the subject of exotic locales was being mentioned as possible sites for a big fight. "The closest this fight would get to Egypt was the bar at the Luxor Casino around 3:00 AM after the fight."

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