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Stop Subsidizing Stadiums

Proudscott Wrote: May 21, 2012 11:46 AM
Cleveland Indians Baseball team is complaining that no fans are coming out to see them even though they are in first place. Note to the Tribe: we can't afford it. Parking, tickets, gas, and other discretionary spending makes a night at the ball park for a family about $200 plus dollars and thats a conservative estimate. Until you drop prices you ain't gonna get too many fans in this depressed town.
OneForFreedom Wrote: May 21, 2012 11:51 AM
When Cleveland decided to build a new stadium for the Browns, I recall it was actually put up for a vote, and passed - additional sales taxes on beer and cigarettes - "sin taxes" helped finance it.

At the time I said that if they want a sin tax, put up some bordellos and charge a _real_ sin tax (yeah, we've already got Prospect ave., but they don't pay taxes).

Actually, those bordellos would probably provide more revenue than the sports franchises...
michael1819 Wrote: May 21, 2012 12:05 PM
Robert97 Wrote: May 21, 2012 2:30 PM
Now there is an interesting thought!

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...