A new documentary chronicles the defeat of a grassroots protest to halt the Texas Rangers' subsidized stadium deal.
But then, those stadiums weren't likely to bring the growth the cities wanted in the first place.
These subsidies were a bad deal for taxpayers even in good times. In the midst of a global pandemic, they're devastating.
A proposition approved last week will require a majority of city voters to approve any future stadium project that uses more than $5 million in public money.
Why do elected officials keep pushing the same damn lies about the economic impact of publicly funded sports events?
Portland's City-Owned Golf Courses a Hot Mess of Deferred Maintenance, Ballooning Pension Costs, and Falling Revenue
Rather than sell its money-losing golf courses, city officials recommend trying to sell more Portlanders on the joys of golf.
Making infrastructure funds fun again!
These Three Cities Spent $70 Million on Stadiums to Lure Minor League Baseball Teams. They All Struck Out.
Across the country, minor league teams are exploiting civic enthusiasm for small town sports.
There's no reason for taxpayers to finance athletic colosseums, and the Rams are providing a model for the next era of new stadiums.
"We are not in the business of paying taxes to support private enterprise, and especially not an entertainment enterprise," says your new hero Greta Rogers.
Taxpayers Will Pay $1 Million to Tear Down $18 Million Baseball Stadium That Predictably Failed to Rejuvenate Camden
The stadium never turned a profit and the team skipped town when local officials decided to start charging rent.
The stadium building craze of the early 2000s has slowed, but the Redskins might be the next team to test the waters.
Why can't the team just play in the city's NFL stadium?
The NCAA says Cincinnati will get to host first and second round games in 2022, but only if taxpayers fund massive upgrades to U.S. Bank Arena.
The NFL lobbied hard, and the president reportedly lent a hand.
Conservatives upset about the NFL's refusal to bend the knee to Trump on the anthem issue might redirect that fury to the NFL's raiding of their wallets.
Brazil, Russia, Greece, and China were all suckers in one of the oldest scams in sports
The league's finances and its competitive structure suggest only suckers would buy-in right now. Unfortunately, many taxpayers may not have a choice.
Cities, countries, and taxpayers hosting the Olympics typically stumble away much poorer and worse off.
Another win for taxpayers as $35 million minor league ballpark proposal is canned by Prince William County.
Self-Proclaimed Fiscal Conservative County Supervisor Pitches Nation's Most Expensive Minor League Stadium
The single-A Potomac Nationals are threatening to leave northern Virginia unless they get a $35 million ballpark.
This is why Detroit can't have nice things.
Bipartisan proposal would prohibit the use of tax exempt municipal bonds for stadium projects. That won't end stadium giveaways, but might reduce them.
Long after Lebron James and the 2016 NBA championship are a distant memory.
It's an economic albatross, built because of an ethically questionable deal, and fans can't even get to the stadium without playing a human version of Frogger.
The team stinks and the fans are apathetic but the NHL is lobbying hard for a new arena, promising things will be different this time.
Sarasota-area officials want to hand over tens of millions for a spring training facility without letting taxpayers have a say.
The city of St. Louis may still vote for spending taxpayer money on a soccer stadium, but the state of Missouri is out.
Rich businesspeople want over $120 million in public funds and tax credits to build a soccer stadium for a team that does not yet exist.
Officials Behind $500 Million Vikings' Stadium Subsidy Get Free Luxury Box Tickets for Family and Friends
Stadium deals are always bad for taxpayers, and this is one of many reasons why.
Billion-dollar taxpayer handout to a billionaire's construction project overwhelmingly wins voter approval.
New ballpark could cost taxpayers over $1.6 billion in taxes and lost revenue to replace current one, which is only 22 years old.
Taxpayer subsidy for one America's richest men and one of its worst NFL franchises sneaks through Nevada legislature.
"Go Team Go" is a bad argument for publicly-financed stadiums.
Sheldon Adelson and NFL's Raiders run into opposition from conservative tax watchdog group and Nevada's largest labor union over proposed stadium.
Taxpayers support spending $70 million on a little-used stadium, but remain clueless to the lack of economic benefit.
Committee of "casino leaders and elected officials" votes to subsidize Sheldon Adelson and the Oakland Raiders.
Public financing of private boondoggles isn't just a local issue, according to new report from Brookings Institution.
Few boondoggles are bigger, more costly, and less permanent than Olympic infrastructure.
Vandalism at the Minnesota Vikings new stadium turned the $1.1 billion glass structure into a hulking metaphor about the folly of publicly-funded ballparks.