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Why No Smart City Would Want the NFL


“The NFL is good at fleecing taxpayers,” says ESPN columnist Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America. “It’s about a billion dollars a year I’ve calculated in public subsidies to NFL owners and this is a group that consists almost entirely of billionaires and yet receiving significant public subsidies every year.”

The NFL raked in over $9 billion in revenues last season and the league is pushing team owners to triple that mark over the next decade.

With the league’s overwhelming success, many cities are eager to get a piece of the action, often offering billions in public subsidies to attract (or keep) football in their localities.

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Bread and Circusses

Bread and Circusses

OK and here's the problem.

This has been known and revealed numerous times since I can remember. Just like every other problem with the way our governments have been fleecing the people for special interests this is no different and it keeps on happening.

This is no new revelation and it will continue as long as their is a minority who support it. YES I said minority. If only one tenth of the population supports subsidizing sports teams then it will continue. Actually they don't even need a tenth.

It says the NFL raked in $6 billion in revenue last year. If one tenth of our 3 hundred million plus population spent $200 each per year on NFL stuff then their you go. Then consider that part of that $6 billion in revenue was money forced from unsupportive tax payers.

It takes a lot of energy to get something moving but once started it can crush opposition of greater size. This is the underlying inherent problem with how our society is set up. This is why when it comes to political change a simple majority is not enough. This is why our republic is a failure and the reason we cannot change the direction we are headed.

Might be worth buying

I could see turning that into one of the worlds largest indoor gun ranges.

Maybe even renovate it into a large indoor movie studio.

Houston Astrodome Contents Auctioned. Now empty. Want it? Cheap?

Astrodome ®, built in 1965, is officially historic, but landmark's future remains up in the air.

By Elizabeth Rhodes, Feb.1.2014.

This past November, 53% of Houston voters voted against a proposed $217 million bond issue to redevelop the structure. Since then, Harris County Commissioners Court officials have been pondering what to do next with no clear consensus in place.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Now that it is a landmark

Now that it is a landmark maybe the UN can take over its maintenance.

Southern Agrarian

Green Bay owns the Packers.

We the people.

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Ya, but...

...is there tax money sunk into the stadium, eh?

The massive expansion was paid for through an additional

.5% added to the 5% sales tax. It was supposed to expire but now they're just gonna keep it because it creates value to the community at a low and fairly distributed point of monetary intake.

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Houston can't even demolish

Houston can't even demolish the rat infested Astrodome that no one has occupied for 6 years. I don't think any city deserves a pro sports team.

Southern Agrarian

ZZ Top is from Houston.

have Mercie!