NFL Pigskins Hoard At The Pub­lic Trough

MidWeek (Hawaii) - - Front Page - MUS­INGS Michelle Malkin

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

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