Sakiewicz: Proposed Chester Tax Would Put Union Out of Business Over Time

Sakiewicz: Proposed Chester Tax Would Put Union Out of Business Over Time

A
report in today's Delaware County Daily Times describes a proposed pair
of Chester ordinances that would include a new 10% tax on tickets and
20% tax on parking. Speaking bluntly on the impact this could have on
the Philadelphia Union, the team's CEO had this to say:

“These taxes would effectively put us out of
business over time,” Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said after
Sunday’s game. “We gross about $20 million a year and these taxes would
amount to about $2 million on top of what we pay right now.”

Such losses would seem to have certain immediate effects, not to mention those Sakiewicz alludes to in the long term. 

Timothy
Logue has the full report on the situation, which would also affect
Harrah's and likely any other business aiming to come to Chester. We
don't get too deep into local or national politics here at our sports
blog, but if passed, it sure seems like a potential hardship for the
team, one likely to be shared by the fans. Taxes have a way of being
transferred to end users, which in this case would appear to be the fans
buying tickets and parking outside of PPL Park. 

Read more on the story over at DelcoTimes.com,
including how news of the proposed ordinance has already caused the team
to halt plans to build an office building and new practice facility
adjacent to the park.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.