Thursday, August 18, 2011

Colts Owner and Cheapskate Jim Irsay to Give $1 Per Ticket Sold at Pre-Season Game to Fair Fund, Wants Each Fan to Contribute $10

Colts Owner Jim Irsay
I remember one spring a few years ago when the eastside of Indianapolis experienced a tornado and southern Indiana experienced sever flooding. The twin catastrophes caused hundreds millions of dollars in damage.  So what did the Colts' owner Jim Irsay, who taxpayers' subsidies of the Colts turned Irsay from being an ordinary millionaire to a billionaire, contribute to the cause?  $50,000...if the fans would match it.

Now Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has announced that he will contribute to the fund that will support victims' families of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

According to a press release, Irsay will donate a whole $1 to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund for every ticket distributed to the Colts preseason game against the Washington Redskins Friday.

The Colts meanwhile will encourage each of those fans who bought those very expensive tickets to contribute $10.

I'm sorry, but I'm not going to applaud Irsay for this "charitable" move. Irsay shakes down Indianapolis taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars, then when has a chance to do something for the community, he hands out change.  Disgusting.  The minute Peyton Manning is gone and the franchise starts losing, this cheapskate owner who has nothing but contempt for the people of Indianapolis, will be run out of the City on a rail.


Had Enough Indy? said...
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Paul K. Ogden said...

I have zero tolerance for billionaires who contribute pennies to charity and then expect to be praised for their generosity.

The fact is the Colts players are much, much more generous with their pocketbooks than their cheapskate owner.

Had Enough Indy? said...

You mean the guy who spilt katsup on the manuscript of 'On the Road', who will exhibit same during the festivities of super bowl 2012?

Why, he's a contributor to the arts.

Cato said...

Billions of public money, Paul, not millions.

Paul K. Ogden said... was meant to be annually, not a total. I considered, but didn't, use the word "annually."

Downtown Indy said...

The victims and/or survivors are going to win millions anyway when all the lawsuits are finished.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I would also point out that some performers are holding concerts and giving away all the proceeds. Irsay gives a $1 per ticket purchased for an exhibition game.

Unknown said...

But Paul, how can you say that, after everything he's done for our local economy? [dripping with sarcasm]

marksmall2001 said...

Please tell me that your comment about "On the Road" is a joke.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Mark - I remember reading about it some years ago. I am not locating same now. But, it was about the time stories like this Chicago Tribune piece were fairly common: