The NFL is awash in money from its television contracts, and with a salary cap it’s nearly impossible for a team to lose money, even if no one shows up at home games. Still, some owners want to fleece taxpayers for newer stadiums to host games that most never will go to see.It's not a new topic, but it's one worth printing in Tampa Bay newspapers every single day.
In football terms, owners are prolific scorers while taxpayers are being held for no gain. On second thought, being sacked for a loss might be more appropriate.
That's because the Tampa Sports Authority is still negotiating with the Buccaneers on how many of your tax dollars they'll get for Raymond James Stadium improvements.
Hopefully you've already read "The Glazers' Sweetheart Deal Keeps Getting Sweeter."
Here's another story you should bookmark and read too: "Why Taxpayers Are Getting Shut Out Of Stadium Debates." It's about the way leagues and politicians work together to avoid putting half-billion-dollar expenditures before the voters.
It's a real possibility, Tampa Bay - Commissioner Ken Hagan has already pointed to the Braves' super-fast, secret, not-so-great, potentially illegal stadium deal with Cobb County as a model deal Hillsborough County could follow.
And in case you had sympathy for those baseball owners whose franchises are worth half of what their NFL counterparts' franchises are worth....they're about to top $10 billion in revenue too.
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