The Panthers want public funds to fix up the BB&T Center. Something in the neighborhood of $80 million in tax subsidies would be nice. They're asking because it'd be corporately negligent for a franchise not to at least try to milk taxpayers out of cash for something that won't economically contribute to the area, and…
The use of public funds on sports stadiums and arenas is bad enough, but at least there's a concrete goal: a new building, or renovations. The Florida Panthers have asked Broward County for $80 million in tax revenue with no specific end in mind; they'd just really like the cash.
The Panthers will appear before the Broward County Commission today, to argue that that the county should spring for $4.2 million to build a new scoreboard. As their neighbors to the south, the Marlins and Dolphins, struggle to win over increasingly skeptical taxpayers, maybe $4.2 million is a little easier to swallow?