Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quick Mid-Week Stadium Reads

  1. In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Angels are threatening to leave town if they don't get a new stadium or something like that...
  2. A Cleveland columnist speculates the Indians may threaten to leave town if the city doesn't start thinking about a Jacobs Field Progressive Field replacement.
  3. A fantastic essay from Neil deMause, explaining how teams have gotten increasingly smart about how they profit from new stadiums, outmaneuvering municipalities and winning "hidden" concessions buried deep within the agreements. The "operating subsidies" summary is here.
  4. The Atlantic points out the NFL benefits from tax dollars, avoids anti-trust laws, exploits nonprofit laws, and its commissioner makes $30 million a year.  Now how silly is that?

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