Kevin Payne, the long-time president of D.C. United, talks to the Washington Post's Steven Goff about the MLS club's stadium problems and their cost to owner Will Chang.
“I don’t think he’s very happy about what this is costing him," says Payne. "When I say things like ‘the current deal at RFK is unsustainable as a business,’ at the end of the business is a person who is writing big checks. There is a point at which he’s not going to write those checks.”
How bad is the situation? Says Payne, "Compared to the average team in our league, the combination of expenses and revenue, we’re about $2.85 million worse per year: about $1 million more in expenses than the average MLS team and about $1.85 million less in revenue. It’s a lot of money."
Payne would not comment on specific stadium options in and around Washington or on additional investors, but he did say, "There are at least three conversations going on right now. They all have at least local ties. They’re not all 100 percent local.”