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From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Week Ending March 28, 2015

  • The Twin Cities and the siren song of the positive economic impact of professional sports facilities.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact
    • Stop the stadium lease signings now!
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014
    • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Source: Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: The announcement was no sooner made that Minneapolis would have a professional soccer team than it was announced that a site for their stadium had been selected (Stadium plan is crucial next step for MLS in Minneapolis). Here we go again: more feces-slinging on how sports facilities grow the economy! 

Here are eight - out of dozens of - articles by David Zirin, Will Shapira, Bill Moyers, Arnie Carlson, and others EGD has published over the years that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that sports facilities do more harm than good long term because they take precious resources from taking care of things that really will grow this area's economy: education; health care; transportation and other infrastructure; the poor, the homeless, people with disabilities, veterans, etc. 

To paraphrase Eisenhower: Every stadium that is built, every all-star game held, every Super Bowl or Final Four hosted signifies, in the final sense, a theft from (legitimate needs). 



Target%20Field.jpgBill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats, Staff, BillMoyers.com 

  • The 3,400 stadium jobs (the Yankees promised) paid a median wage of $10.50 an hour for non-managerial positions. The Yankees, meanwhile, had grabbed $50 million in tax breaks, $326 million in capital improvements, $1.2 billion in tax-exempt bonds and 24 acres of parks that had been owned by the public
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Series | Super Bowl XLVIII Illustrated, Part One: the NFL gameplan

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The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

  • The Nation’s sports editor questions whether taxpayer money should be spent to build new arenas in cities where public infrastructure dollars are scarce.
  • Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed

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Minneapolis and the siren song of economic impact, Marlys Harris, MinnPost

  • Perhaps, however, we should resist the "sweet enchantment" of those economic projections, take them with a pinch of salt or at least try to understand what they mean.
  • Here’s Minnesota’s game plan to land the Super Bowl — but is it worth it?
  • Here's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers

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Burning%20%24100%20bills.jpgStop the stadium lease signings now!, Will Shapira, Special to Evergreene Digest

  • The long-awaited  public showdown between the Wilfs and Gov. Dayton is now at hand.
  • Wilfs ordered to pay $84.5M in New Jersey real estate fraud case.
  • Stadium contract isn't final, so let's get a better deal.

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Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed, Arne Carlson and Paul Ostrow, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

  • Clearly, it will take political courage, but isn’t that the real test of public leadership?
  • Can we make lemonade out of a lemon?
  • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities

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Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities, Arne Carlson, the Governor Arne Carlson Blog

  • To this day, we still do not know the full details of how the funding of bonds, costs, etc. for the new Vikings Stadium will be handled.
  • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
  • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats

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Special Project | The Business of Sport: Week Ending September 28, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • “Sports fans eat shit.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings
  • 9 New items including:
    • Roger Goodell must go
    • Vikings stadium funding plan should be formally reviewed
    • Vikings Stadium: It’s a question of priorities
    • Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?
    • Renaming%20the%20NFL%20Team%20in%20DC.jpgHere's How The NFL Makes A Killing Off Of Taxpayers
    • The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners
    • Bill Moyers | Stadium Funding Deals Only Enrich the Plutocrats
    • Series | Super Bowl XLVIII Illustrated, Part One: the NFL gameplan
    • The Super Bowl of Subsidies

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Triple Play: Sports, Politics & Greed, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Dave Zirin, The Nation magazine’s first ever sports writer, joins Bill Moyers on this week’s Moyers & Company. He’s been called the best sportswriter in the United States, a provocative reporter and social critic whose books include Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love, and his most, recent, Game Over: How Politics has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.