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Old 09-26-2013   #1
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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.

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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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It's all fked up, but:

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Many cities, counties, and states also pay the stadiums’ ongoing costs, by providing power, sewer services ...
is REALLY fked up.
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Damn...
just... Damn.
As with most addictions, the guys controlling the drugs make all the money and have the politicians in their back pockets.
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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.
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meh.....I voted against stadium bonds and still got the Texans to cheer for. My conscious is clear. LOL
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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
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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.
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