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.
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.
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.