The intersection of politics and sports only happen like this in California.
A judge’s preliminary injunction stopping the construction of a training center adjacent to California’s Memorial Stadium was considered a victory to a group of environmentalists who have been camping for weeks in old oak trees that would have to be cut down for the project. But the ruling could be a blow to the long-term success of Cal football and to keeping coach Jeff Tedford happy. The facilities situation is so important to Tedford that the buyout in his current contract is tied to the project. Currently, his buyout is $150,000. Once the project is started, his buyout goes to $300,000.
This whole thing is fascinating and it will be interesting to see what kind of ‘market impact’ this has on Cal’s place within college athletics.
This link has even more on the topic.
citizens opposed to the University of California-Berkeley’s proposed $125 million construction of a new training center and renovation of Memorial Stadium won a temporary injunction from an Alameda County judge today after nearly two months of literal tree-hugging by at least one person bearing the surname “RunningWolf”