Super Bowl Confidential: Why No Smart City Should Want an NFL Franchise


On the morning of the Super Bowl, take a few minutes to ponder Alexis Garcia's video for Reason TV (originally released on January 31, 2014).

It's all about Los Angeles' mad, desperate, pathetic, and utterly misguided search for a NFL franchise to replace the two bum teams, the Raiders and the Rams, that routinely failed to sell out games. LA has been without a pro football team for 20 years, which turns out to be a boon for NFL fans who never have to worry about a game being blacked out and for taxpayers, who haven't shelled out massive amounts of money like the idjits in places such as Atlanta and Minneapolis. Full writeup and text here.

If you're curious as to why sports stadium subsidies always seem to win, go here.

And if you want more detail on how the NFL has learned to blitz taxpayers' wallets like the Fearsome Foursome on steroids (which they would have been if they could have been), click below to get the play-by-play from Gregg Easterbrook, whose The King of Sports is a great read for those of us who love watching football and yet are appalled by the welfare that the pro and college teams suck up like no other business. Full writeup, links, and more here.