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Taxpayers Supporting Sports Stadiums

At the National Taxpayers Union's website, Government Bytes, today, Mazanita McMahon says that according to a new study, taxpayers have footed 61% of the cost of building sports stadiums. She writes:

"Since 1909, taxpayers have forked over a jaw-dropping $32.2 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars to fund the construction of sports stadiums for the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, according to an article by Reuben Fischer-Baum from deadspin.com. What’s more, 65 of these venues are no longer in use, costing taxpayers a total of $6.6 billion."

She included the following infographic so readers could visualize "the dollar amount of public and private finds used for construction and upkeep of stadiums - based on research from a variety of sources including that of Judith Grant Long of Rutgers University."

In addition, she provides the link to a 2007 policy paper by NTUF which discussed the burden of construction costs that taxpayers shoulder.


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