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Stop Subsidizing Stadiums

Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: May 21, 2012 6:04 AM
Funny how you never (so far) see the "Occupy" types protesting pro sports & other big-$$$ entertainment that really does (via government coercion) take from the middle-class to give to the super-rich. Notice how these things are almost always sweetheart deals among the big wheels in which all the direct revenue streams go straight to the team owner, from tickets to concessions, other opportunities are glommed by local pols & bigwigs, & all the costs, from stadium operation to incidental loss of business from shutting down half the town on game day, are picked up by taxpayers & other little guys. The nebulous 'benefits' the boosters touted can seldom be quantified, & are often offset by unexpected costs like displaced business.

Never trust politicians to negotiate with jocks; the jocks will win millions of taxpayer dollars and embarrass fans by losing games.

I didn’t always feel opposition to public stadiums; I enjoy attending live sporting events; I like wearing my NFL, NHL and MLB gear and rooting for my favorite teams. But I’m not buying the “Stadiums create jobs!” chant anymore. Here’s why:

1.) Caving To Jocks

Politicians care more about looking cool in front of jocks than representing their constituents. Case in point: The new Vikings Stadium.

Remember the old Metrodome with the roof that collapsed under snow last December? The...