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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Taxpayers Have Spent A ‘Staggering’ Amount Of Money On NFL Stadiums

The 16 NFL stadiums that will host NFL games this weekend have cost taxpayers nearly $3 billion, a new analysis found.

When the NFL season kicks off Thursday night in New England, football fans will file into a stadium built with $72 million in taxpayer money. Compared to fans in other NFL cities, residents of Foxboro, Massachusetts, can thank their team for giving them a bargain.

Taxpayers have spent nearly $3 billion on the 16 stadiums that will host NFL games during the season’s opening weekend, according to figures in a new analysis from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a Washington, D.C-based conservative nonprofit group.

All told, 29 of the NFL’s 31 stadiums have received public funds for construction or renovation. In the last two decades, the analysis found, taxpayers across the country have spent nearly $7 billion on stadiums for a league that surpassed $10 billion in revenue last season.

“Unfortunately, beneath all of the glitz and glamour, these venues are nothing more than monuments to corporate welfare and taxpayer handouts,” David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, said in a press release. “These stadiums have been built on the backs of taxpayers who had no or little say in the matter and in many cases have benefitted little or not at all.”



Anonymous said...

There's plenty of corporate money to build and maintain these huge structures and the acres of parking lots around them. Both are empty about 90% of the time, too.

Anonymous said...

Pull the NFL tax exempt status and make them pay for these stadiums.

Anonymous said...

That's very strange. I don't recall being asked or approving my taxes go for that. Why don't we the people have a say in anything?

Anonymous said...

Athletes are NOT being tested for HGH in or out of season. Not collecting samples even thou they told congress they would. No wonder the players are getting head injuries. Owners are treating the players like CATTLE and they are kneeling ?

Anonymous said...

Does the saying "fattening frogs for snakes" ring true here?

We have paid for the rich to prosper!