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Double Barrel
09-26-2013, 02:04 PM
How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

Taxpayers fund the stadiums, antitrust law doesn't apply to broadcast deals, the league enjoys nonprofit status, and Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million a year. It's time to stop the public giveaways to America's richest sports league—and to the feudal lords who own its teams.

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Judith Grant Long, a Harvard University professor of urban planning, calculates that league-wide, 70 percent of the capital cost of NFL stadiums has been provided by taxpayers, not NFL owners. Many cities, counties, and states also pay the stadiums’ ongoing costs, by providing power, sewer services, other infrastructure, and stadium improvements.

When ongoing costs are added, Long’s research finds, [many teams] turned a profit on stadium subsidies alone—receiving more money from the public than they needed to build their facilities.

FULL STORY (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/how-the-nfl-fleeces-taxpayers/309448/)

I enjoy the NFL, but being fan does not blind me to the simple fact that they having been taking advantage of taxpayers for decades.

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eriadoc
09-26-2013, 07:34 PM
It's all fked up, but:

Many cities, counties, and states also pay the stadiums’ ongoing costs, by providing power, sewer services ...

is REALLY fked up.

ObsiWan
09-26-2013, 11:39 PM
Damn...
just... Damn.
As with most addictions, the guys controlling the drugs make all the money and have the politicians in their back pockets.
:toropalm:

BullBlitz
09-28-2013, 01:27 PM
No one is forcing NFL teams into these cities. The cities are just negotiating with attractive terms to keep these teams in pace.

The cities get plenty of economic benefit back from the games, merchandise sales taxes and other items.

Thorn
09-28-2013, 02:45 PM
meh.....I voted against stadium bonds and still got the Texans to cheer for. My conscious is clear. LOL

EllisUnit
09-28-2013, 05:48 PM
No one is forcing NFL teams into these cities. The cities are just negotiating with attractive terms to keep these teams in pace.

The cities get plenty of economic benefit back from the games, merchandise sales taxes and other items.

Pretty sure the vocal point of this is that the tax payers are paying for it ALL pretty much

BullBlitz
09-28-2013, 09:51 PM
Pretty sure the vocal point of this is that the tax payers are paying for it ALL pretty much

Who else is there to pay for it except the taxpayers though? The people who watch the NFL, buy the merchandise and the tickets are all consumers and taxpayers.

eriadoc
09-28-2013, 10:16 PM
Who else is there to pay for it except the taxpayers though? The people who watch the NFL, buy the merchandise and the tickets are all consumers and taxpayers.

It's a far different dynamic to pay for something by consuming it than having the government take your money and give it to billionaires.

steelbtexan
09-28-2013, 10:59 PM
It's a far different dynamic to pay for something by consuming it than having the government take your money and give it to billionaires.

It sure is.

BoB?

ArlingtonTexan
09-29-2013, 12:40 AM
Who else is there to pay for it except the taxpayers though? The people who watch the NFL, buy the merchandise and the tickets are all consumers and taxpayers.

There always the people who own the business/team. Lots of people could figure out how to be successful if they could get somebody else to build its major facility and then pay for many if not most of its day in and day out operating costs.

BTW, The percentage of taxpayers who even semi-regularly attend sporting events is relatively small. and those "jobs" that are created for the locals are mostly temporary (during the construction) and/or seasonal part-time.

The direct tangibles of having a sports team in a community are not that great. The civic pride, sense of community, etc are much stronger reason vote for stadium construction and the cost of maintaining the stadium. Not enough for me (bleep you jerry jones), but that is the why anyone should vote for a stadium. the local economics are generally bad.

Blake
09-29-2013, 09:14 AM
While I do agree that NFL owners take advantage of alot of situations, having an NFL team in Houston brings alot to the city as well. So in the end it all evens out.

jtexas
09-30-2013, 07:30 AM
Without turning this into a political debate, it comes down to whether you think corporate taxation is appropriate or whether it should pass through to the individual. Anyone receiving a salary is paying tax and is not exempt.

2012Champs
10-01-2013, 01:18 PM
Bringing business to town often cost money its just a matter of how much. Dont get mad at the NFL but rather those who approve such deals