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Bucks Co-Owner Now Works For Governor Who Pushed Through Arena Deal

Last week, the Wisconsin Senate approved $250 million—and at least $174 million more in interest—in public funds to build the Milwaukee Bucks a new arena. The plan was championed at every step of the way by Gov. Scott Walker, who has designs on the White House. His war chest will be administered by one of the Bucks’… » 7/21/15 10:05am 7/21/15 10:05am

Wisconsin Senate Votes To Give $250 Million To Billionaires

The Wisconsin Senate voted 21-10 to approve $250 million in public financing for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. The bill will now be sent to the state Assembly for approval. Though the Assembly is likely to pass it, there is still some backroom negotiating and deals to be completed beforehand. The Milwaukee… » 7/15/15 9:05pm 7/15/15 9:05pm

John Oliver Explains The Biggest Scam In Sports

If you frequent this website, you know the public financing of stadium construction is our bête noire—a massive, ongoing, inexplicable scandal that’s more likely than not to be taking money out of your and your community’s pockets as we speak. John Oliver’s takedown of stadium financing on Last Week Tonight hits many… » 7/13/15 9:02am 7/13/15 9:02am

The Milwaukee Bucks Are Already Threatening To Move

When Herb Kohl sold the Bucks last year, it was trumpeted everywhere that one of the immutable conditions of the sale was that the new owners keep the franchise in Milwaukee. Yesterday, in a hearing with state and local lawmakers, the team president demanded $250 million plus interest in taxpayer money for a new… » 7/07/15 9:16am 7/07/15 9:16am

Report: D.C. Mayor Is Saying "Redskins" Again In Attempt To Woo The Team

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has been on record stating that she believes the Washington Redskins should change their name. Lately, however, she’s gone back to saying “Redskins” while talking about the team in public, and it might be because she’s trying to curry favor with team owner Dan Snyder. » 5/12/15 4:54pm 5/12/15 4:54pm

Report: St. Louis Stadium Authority Sues To Dodge Public Vote

The quest to make St. Louis the site of America’s next great stadium boondoggle continues unabated. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the public entity that controls the Rams’ current home, the Edward Jones Dome, has sued the city of St. Louis to prevent a public vote on whether taxpayer money should be used… » 4/11/15 2:07pm 4/11/15 2:07pm

Report: St. Louis County Dropped From Plan To Finance New Rams Stadium

The effort to build a new riverfront stadium to keep the Rams in St. Louis suffered a blow last week. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon informed St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's office that the county's participation in the proposed $985 million stadium deal was no… » 3/31/15 8:32pm 3/31/15 8:32pm

Has Detroit Found An Answer To The Publicly Financed Stadium Scam?

When Marathon Petroleum received a $175 million tax break from the city of Detroit in 2007, they promised jobs for Detroiters. And, as of last January, the $2.2 billion expansion of Marathon's refinery on the city's southwest side had, in fact, created new jobs for tax-paying residents —all of 15 of them. » 2/10/15 2:47pm 2/10/15 2:47pm

Washington D.C. Politicians Being Shady As Shit About New Soccer Stadium

The debate over an arena for D.C. United—with a proposed site cost of $300 million, it would be by far the most expensive soccer-specific stadium project in the country—has been long and contentious but stands on the verge of a major step: the approval of the Washington D.C. City Council. But the day before a study on… » 11/04/14 4:58pm 11/04/14 4:58pm

Raiders Closing In On Stadium Deal To Keep Team In Oakland

It looks like Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis got exactly what he wanted out of all of those fancy steak dinners in San Antonio and all that public kissy-face with Los Angeles. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city of Oakland has cobbled together a deal for a new stadium that would keep the Raiders in… » 9/03/14 12:31pm 9/03/14 12:31pm

Red Wings Generously Agree To Accept Huge Sums Of Money From Public

Yesterday, the Detroit Red Wings unveiled plans for their brand new publicly subsidized $450 million arena development. The arena, which promises to include $200 million additional investments in mixed-used development, will break ground in September. The Ilitch family, which owns the Red Wings and Tigers, is calling… » 7/21/14 10:33am 7/21/14 10:33am

Opponents Barred From Speaking As Cobb County Approves Braves Stadium

This is the point where you just tip your cap to the Braves, and acknowledge that they won. Even at a time when politicians and taxpayers are getting wary about publicly funding stadiums, the Braves just walked away with nearly $400 million from Cobb County, Ga., for a new ballpark, and did so without the nasty… » 5/28/14 8:56am 5/28/14 8:56am