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What Can We Learn From Four Stadium Deals That Don't Suck? What Can We Learn From Four Stadium Deals That Don't Suck?

Whenever professional economists are asked about stadium and arena deals, they invariably explain, for the hundredth time, that these “almost never” work out to the benefit of the public. (Look, here are a bunch saying so just a few weeks ago!) Between the price tags in the hundreds of millions of dollars and the…

Detroit Arena To Replace Conspicuously Empty Red Seats With Less Conspicuously Empty Black Seats Detroit Arena To Replace Conspicuously Empty Red Seats With Less Conspicuously Empty Black Seats

Ever since the new, taxpayer-funded home of the Pistons and Red Wings opened in Detroit, people have taken note of the often empty seats surrounding the action. This was especially true during Pistons games last season, when the team consistently found itself playing in front of a sea of vacant red seats. The arena…

Manitoba Admits It Got Conned, Gives Up On Winnipeg's CFL Stadium Ever Actually Paying For Itself Manitoba Admits It Got Conned, Gives Up On Winnipeg's CFL Stadium Ever Actually Paying For Itself

Build a stadium!, they say. It’ll pay for itself! It’ll spur economic development in the surrounding neighborhood! It never does. For every single city/county/state/province that falls for it, eventually there comes the moment when they have to admit they got bamboozled. It’s Manitoba’s turn now.

Seattle Somehow Reaches New Arena Deal Without Horribly Screwing Generations Of Taxpayers  Seattle Somehow Reaches New Arena Deal Without Horribly Screwing Generations Of Taxpayers 

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a plan to let a group of private investors build a new stadium on the site of the current home of the Seattle Storm and the former home of the Seattle Supersonics, as part of a push to land an expansion NHL franchise later this year.

The Stadium Scam Goes Minor-League, And It Has An Unlikely Ally The Stadium Scam Goes Minor-League, And It Has An Unlikely Ally

When the state of Rhode Island offered up $38 million in June to the owners of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox toward a new stadium, it seemed likely to be the first step on the road to a replacement for the beloved-but-modern-kitchenless 76-year-old McCoy Stadium. Sure, the PawSox owners had balked at some elements of…

Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme

A hot new sports media startup may not be the place you’d expect to find a braindead take lifted straight from a dead-tree columnist’s 1996 notebook, but then you remember that The Athletic, in its quest to destroy all print sports sections, did hire plenty of middle-aged white guys. One of those guys is Joe McDonald,…

Report: Bucks Fans Paying Tax Dollars To Put Private Company's Name On Arena Built Using Bucks Fans' Tax Dollars Report: Bucks Fans Paying Tax Dollars To Put Private Company's Name On Arena Built Using Bucks Fans' Tax Dollars

Milwaukee’s new NBA arena will open later this summer, and will host Bucks home games starting with opening night in October. Last week the Bucks and banking software company Fiserv announced a 25-year agreement to name the new arena Fiserv Forum, but this otherwise standard piece of stadium business has an especially…

Mariners Demand $180 Million In Public Funds Or They Won't Sign Long-Term Lease Mariners Demand $180 Million In Public Funds Or They Won't Sign Long-Term Lease

The Seattle Mariners have issued an ultimatum: Give them $180 million in taxpayer money for their 19-year-old stadium, or they won’t sign a long-term lease.

Diamondbacks Trying To Set Land Speed Record In Stadium Financing Scam Diamondbacks Trying To Set Land Speed Record In Stadium Financing Scam

After the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to end a 16-month legal fight with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, the team will now be allowed to leave their current ballpark for a shiny new stadium as early as 2022, five years before their 30-year agreement to play in their current ballpark was set to…

Cobb County Proposes Cutting Libraries After Dumb Decision To Build The Braves A Stadium Cobb County Proposes Cutting Libraries After Dumb Decision To Build The Braves A Stadium

The people of Cobb County, Ga., have a budget conundrum on their hands, thanks to craven former county chairman Tim Lee’s insistence on spending almost $400 million in public money for a stadium without giving the public a chance to vote on it. Despite a record-high tax digest, the county is $30 to 55 million in the…

Dumb Column: Sacramento Shouldn't Pay For MLS Stadium, But Maybe Sacramento Could Pay For MLS Stadium Dumb Column: Sacramento Shouldn't Pay For MLS Stadium, But Maybe Sacramento Could Pay For MLS Stadium

There’s one MLS expansion slot left, and it’ll soon be awarded to Cincinnati, Sacramento, or Detroit. Sacramento once looked like a lock to get an expansion spot, but it’s now rather uncertain, likely because Sacramento’s ownership group isn’t as flamboyantly wealthy as their competitors.

Report: Panthers Could Put That New Stadium On Some Guy's Farm, Sure, Why Not Report: Panthers Could Put That New Stadium On Some Guy's Farm, Sure, Why Not

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who was recently accused of sexual harassment and getting racist with team employees, will soon sell his stake in the team. It’s not clear who will buy the team yet, though the end of the Panthers’ season on Sunday means that the process is now underway. Diddy offhandedly made…

Arenas Are
Important And Football Stadiums Are Not Arenas Are Important And Football Stadiums Are Not

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The "Art Modell Law" Might Be Columbus's Best Shot At Keeping The Crew The "Art Modell Law" Might Be Columbus's Best Shot At Keeping The Crew

The Columbus Crew’s season is over, but the fight over where they’ll play the 2019 season is becoming increasingly heated. Despite it being a horrendous breach of trust with the city of Columbus and an affront to MLS’ bizarre, artificially deflated business model, MLS czar Don Garber is apparently content with…

Oakland A's "Shocked" After Latest Stadium Plan Falls Through Oakland A's "Shocked" After Latest Stadium Plan Falls Through

The Oakland A’s have been trying to leave their sewage-logged digs for a new ballpark for what feels like decades now. In September, they expressed their desire to build a new, privately financed stadium near Laney College, right in the middle of Oakland next to Lake Merritt. They’ll have to pick a new site now.

Deadspin Awards: Worst Stadium Scam Deadspin Awards: Worst Stadium Scam

The Deadspin Awards are this month, and we need our readers to decide the winners of these prestigious honors. Today, we ask you to help us determine the answer to an important question: What is the worst stadium scam of them all?

The Pistons Couldn't Give Tickets To Their First Game At Detroit's Dumb New Arena Away The Pistons Couldn't Give Tickets To Their First Game At Detroit's Dumb New Arena Away

There has been much fanfare in Metro Detroit about the $863 million new stadium downtown that serves as the new home for both the Red Wings and the Pistons, which was paid for in part by $324 million in public money from the city and the state. The stadium, which is named after cheap pizza, is by all accounts…

Columbus Crew, Welcome To The Stadium Extortion Racket Columbus Crew, Welcome To The Stadium Extortion Racket

MLS is not and for the foreseeable future will not be one of this country’s so-called Big Four, but let no one say the scrappy upstart doesn’t extort American cities like a big-boy league. The league’s rapid expansion—someone without a stake in the matter would say too rapid—has cities from Cincinnati to St. Louis to …

Las Vegas Sneakily Gave Away $80 Million For A New Triple-A Stadium Las Vegas Sneakily Gave Away $80 Million For A New Triple-A Stadium

If you read the press release announcing the construction of a new ballpark out in Summerlin, Nev. for the Las Vegas 51s, you might have thought that the construction would mercifully be completed without use of public money. The Raiders’ stadium deal is the worst heist in American history, and one may have thought…

What The NHL Is Doing In Calgary Is Pretty Gross What The NHL Is Doing In Calgary Is Pretty Gross

Let’s cut through the sports angle and put in plain terms exactly what’s happening here:

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