Sports

...the big four commercial sports make operating profits of $1.6 billion, Forbes has calculated - but their taxpayer subsidies exceed $2 billion a year (and that's before the estimated $864 million Mayor Bloomberg and Uncle Sam just handed to the New York Yankees) according to Neil deMause, coauthor of a book on sports subsidies. In other words, taxpayers literally provide all the profits of MLB, the NFL, NBA, and NHL combined. David Cay Johnston in Mother Jones January/February 2009

Last year was a busy one for public giveaways to the National Football League. In Virginia, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, who styles himself as a budget-slashing conservative crusader, took $4 million from taxpayers’ pockets and handed the money to the Washington Redskins, for the team to upgrade a workout facility. Hoping to avoid scrutiny, McDonnell approved the gift while the state legislature was out of session. The Redskins’ owner, Dan Snyder, has a net worth estimated by Forbes at $1 billion. But even billionaires like to receive expensive gifts. Greg Easterbrook, the Atlantic 9/18/2013

"Sports is to war as pornography is to sex." Jonathan Haidt

These New Yorkers Actually Like Trump (7/4/2017)

Television, Football and Politics: Gaming Spectacles Designed to Keep the Police State in Power (2/1/2016)

Research: No Positive Economic Impact From Sports Franchises (3/12/2015)

The Real NFL Scandal (2/2/2015)

Why the Feds are fed up with the NFL (11/18/2014)

The Freezing, Hungry Lives of NHL "Ice Girls" (6/11/2014)

NFL: Last sports bastion of white, male conservatives (5/30/2014)

Is it Immoral to Watch the Superbowl ? (1/24/2014)

Wait, The NFL is a 'Non Profit' Organization ? (9/25/2013)

The great loss of information in the wake of the NFL concussion lawsuit settlement (9/4/2013)

How The NFL Fleeces Taxpayers (9/18/2013)

Nine Football Players Killed by Brain Trauma (2/3/2013)

About College Sports (11/17/2012)

University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department, Increases Athletic Budgets. Hmm. (4/2012)

Stop Funding College Sports (11/2011)

2011: The Year I Learned to Hate College Football (12/31/2011)

6 Right-Wing Sports Team Owners Bankrolling Their Radical Agenda With Your Tax Dollars (9/22/2011)


Football Sucks

America's Bread and Circus Society

Sport and War: Combative Societies and Combative Sports

Balls, Blows and NFL Eunuchs (March 2010)

Guide to Golf in Connecticut (Ct Magazine.)


Playing Ball With the Pentagon: Andrew Bacevich (7/28/2011)

Bush Administration’s Tourist Visa Policy May Have Cost America The 2016 Olympics (10/2/2009)

Republicans are tribalists: many of them have false loyalties to sports teams, feel discomfort among people different from themselves, vigorously support their religion over any others, and tend to xenophobia, and even favor Fascism.

They often have great enthusiam for building stadiums at taxpayer expense. They redirect higher education from its educational goals, to make money from sports.

I never watch sports on cable, but have no choice in paying for it. My cable provider says it must charge everyone for the sports programs that it carries.

Major broadcasters regularly interupt or pre-empt news progams to air sports: golf, football, basketball, etc. But If you google this phenomenon, the results will show the opposite: sports interupted by news.

This is but asnother corporate strategy to suppress democracy, keep Americans misinformed, ignorant, distracted, fascist, and Republican.

Why Americans Know So Much About Sports But So Little About World Affairs


(from Public Citizen)

$10 million. This is the amount of money Bank of America - currently receiving $45 billion in bailout funds - spent on a five-day Super Bowl promotional blitz.

Just think what even a portion of that $10 million could mean to citizens like you and me. It could mean the difference between foreclosure and keeping a home, between unemployment and keeping a job, between skimping on prescriptions and affording health insurance.

Yesterday, we told you about Public Citizen's new campaign, Operation Accountability, and our goal to gather 100,000 signatures in favor of giving Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis a pink slip. Thousands of activists have already signed, calling for an end to irresponsible corporate spending before one more penny of taxpayer money is spent on a bailout.

Will you join us in taking action? http://action.citizen.org/t/6693/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1823


 

(From a Democracy Now interview of January, 2008. David Cay Johnston talks about his new book Free Lunch.

DAVID CAY JOHNSTON:... George Steinbrenner is getting over $600 million for the new Yankee Stadium in New York. The New York Mets are getting over $600 million. In fact, the City of New York gave them money to lobby against the taxpayers to get more money. Rudy Giuliani gave $50 million to the two teams for that purpose.

The new owners of the Washington Nationals baseball team in Washington, D.C., paid $450 million for the team. But, in fact, they got the team for free, because the subsidy they’re getting for the new stadium is worth $611 million. We actually paid these people to buy the team.

Now, in this country right now, we are spending $2 billion a year subsidizing the big four sports: baseball, basketball, football and hockey. It accounts for all of the profits of that industry and more. Now, there may be individual teams that make money, but the industry as a whole is not profitable. And that’s astonishing because the big four leagues are exempt from the laws of competition. By the way, irony is not dead, because here are people who are in the business of competition on the field who are exempted by law from the rules of economic competition.

(read more of this) to find out how George W. Bush became wealthy. It is an amazing sports story.

Congress Probes How New Sports Stadiums Turn Public Money into Private Profit

Casinos Paid Politicians Big Bucks to Keep Gambling on College Sports Legal (2001)

Ten Biggest Naming Rights Deals

Top Ten Dumbest reasons to build a new Stadium

Field of Schemes

Chavez Loyalists push to close Golf Courses (8/12/2009)

Connecticut Golf Courses

Bibliography

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto: Steve Almond

Right

The King of Sports: Why Football Must be Reformed: Gregg Easterbrook

League of Denial

The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America: Gregg Easterbrook

Field of Schemes: Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause

Mayhem, Violence as Public Entertainment: Sissela Bok


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