NFL Pigskins Hoard At The Public Trough
I’m calling foul on all the leftists rushing to protect the NFL’s protest crusaders from President Donald Trump’s criticism of their national anthem antics.
Their shabby line of defense? The NFL is a “private enterprise” whose “rights” are being violated by those who dare to challenge the league’s political radicalization. The anti-Trump Demo an ethics complaint alleging that the president’s comments constitute a criminal violation against using government - ployment decisions and practices” of a private entity.
Funny. These fair-weather friends of corporate free speech and the First Amendment were nowhere to be found when Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were vowing to shut down Chick-Fil-A in their towns as government retaliation against the founders’ private religious beliefs.
As for the NFL’s status as a “private” enterprise? That’s some Super Bowlsized audacity right there. I - ly subsidized sports boondoggles with my very first watchdog website, Porkwatch, back in 1999. Since then, taxpayers at all levels of government have foot the bill for football stadiums to the tune of an estimated $1 billion every year.
Over the past decade, new tax-supported NFL stadiums rose up for the Indianapolis Colts (the $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium), the Dallas Cowboys (the $1.15 billion AT& T Stadium) t he New York Jets and Giants ( the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium), the Minnesota Vikings (the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium), the Atlanta Falcons (the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium), and the San Francisco 49ers (the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara).
Next in t he works: a whopping $2.6 billion sta- dium for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams and a $1.9 billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders when they move to Las Vegas.
Left behind? An $83 million taxpayer debt on twodecade-old renovations to the Alameda County Coliseum that the Raiders are abandoning.
Both polit i c a l parti e s have supported massive redistribution of taxes from working people to the gridiron’s spoiled 1-percenters. Public-private sports palace boosters employ the same bogus economic development math as t he federal government’s i nf a mous Solyndra green energy loans, stimulus rip-offs and jobs programs. Citizens are promised an enormous multiplier for their “investments.” But instead they’ve been saddled
Sports economists have concluded repeatedly that the effects of stadium subsidies on employment and