They Play, You Pay

They Play, You Pay

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They Play, You Pay is a detailed, sometimes irreverent look at a political conundrum: despite evidence that publicly funded ballparks, stadiums, and arenas do not generate net economic growth, governments keep on taxing sales, restaurant patrons, renters of automobiles, and hotel visitors in order to build ever more elaborate cathedrals of professional sporta€”often in order to satisfy an owner who has threatened to move his team to greener, more subsidya€happy, pastures. This book is a sweeping survey of the literature in the field, the history of such subsidies, the politics of stadium construction and franchise movement, and the prospects for a rea€privatization of ballpark and stadium financing. It ties together disparate strands in a fascinating story, examining the often colorful cases through which governments became involved in sports. These range from the wella€known to the obscurea€”from Yankee Stadium and the Astrodome to the Brooklyn Dodgersa€™ move to Los Angeles (to a privately built ballpark constructed upon land that had been seized via eminent domain from a mostly Mexicana€American population) to such arrant giveaways as Cowboys Stadium. It examines alternatives that might lessen the pressure for public subsidies, whether the Green Bay Packers model (in which the teama€™s owners are local stockholders) or via league expansions. It also takes a look at little-known, yet significant, episodes such as President Theodore Roosevelta€™s intervention in the collegiate football crisis of 1905a€”a move that indirectly put the federal government on the side of such basic rule changes as the legalization of the forward pass. They Play, You Play is a fresh look at a political and economic puzzle: how it came to be that Joe and Jane Sixpack in the Bronx and Dallas subsidize the Steinbrenners and Jerry Joneses of professional sport.Why Taxpayers Build Ballparks, Stadiums, and Arenas for Billionaire Owners and Millionaire Players James T. Bennett ... Coors Brewing, Oscar Mayer, McDonalds, Philip Morris: the list of corporate donors to the Baseball for Coloradoanbsp;...

Title:They Play, You Pay
Author:James T. Bennett
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-05-10


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