Publicly Financed Stadiums

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The fight over a new football stadium in Los Angeles follows similar battles from St. Louis to Houston in recent years. At issue is how much public effort and cash should go to lure new facilities and franchises downtown. While politicians love the legacy and fans love their teams, critics question whether sports stadiums mean economic renewal or welfare for billionaires. What-s real and what-s rhetoric when developers and mayors say its time to play ball? We ask the former Mayor of New Orleans, a Houston football executive, an economist, a ballpark consultant, and an LA City Councilman whether taxpayers should be cheering or watching their wallets when a stadium comes to town. Matt Miller, syndicated columnist and senior fellow at Occidental College, guest hosts.
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