Proposed Rams Stadium Would Cost Taxpayers A Hell Of A Lot More Than Promised

It’s a truly bizarre situation in St. Louis, with Rams owner Stan Kroenke desperate to leave for Los Angeles, and (some) local politicians desperate to build him a stadium to get him to stay. Problem is, according to documents FOIA’d by St. Louis Magazine, taxpayers would be on the hook for a lot more money than those… »10/07/15 10:50am10/07/15 10:50am


The NFL Wants Players To Help Pay For New Los Angeles Stadium

The NFL is coming to Los Angeles soon, no matter what Oaklanders, St. Louisans, San Diegans, or local labor groups have to say about it. The sheer amount of money behind the proposed moves of one or all of the Rams, Chargers, or Raiders, coupled with the NFL’s desire to break into the country’s #2 market means… »9/26/15 2:35pm9/26/15 2:35pm

The Calgary Flames’ plan for a new $890 million arena/stadium complex would require the public to pa

The Calgary Flames’ plan for a new $890 million arena/stadium complex would require the public to pay $690 million of it, and that doesn’t include the potential $300 million cleanup of a creosote contamination. Don’t do it, Calgary! What are they gonna do, move to Atlanta? »8/18/15 3:14pm8/18/15 3:14pm

I Don't See Any Way The Raiders Stay In Oakland

The NFL’s Los Angeles tarantella has felt interminable, but it has finally reached a critical stage. With three teams seeking to move, and the league hell-bent on relocating one or two of them, everything comes down to the battle between St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland to tender their respective teams the most money… »8/12/15 1:17pm8/12/15 1:17pm

San Diego Offers $350 Million In Public Money For A New Chargers Stadium, NFL Wants More

You don’t even have to be particularly cynical to believe the NFL doesn’t actually want a team in Los Angeles—it just loves having the helpful L.A. bogeyman around to blackmail cities into throwing taxpayers’ millions at owners to get them to stay. St. Louis has done its part, waving $400 million in public funds… »8/10/15 4:27pm8/10/15 4:27pm

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 10:05am7/21/15 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 9:05pm7/15/15 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 9:02am7/13/15 9:02am

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 4:54pm5/12/15 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 2:07pm4/11/15 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 8:32pm3/31/15 8:32pm

When Miami-Dade residents voted on building the Heat an arena, they were promised a waterfront park.

When Miami-Dade residents voted on building the Heat an arena, they were promised a waterfront park. It became a parking lot, with the Heat pocketing the proceeds. Now the county wants to at least charge reasonable rent for the land. The Heat's lobbyist says there's "room for discussion." »2/26/15 5:40pm2/26/15 5:40pm

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 2:47pm2/10/15 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 4:58pm11/04/14 4:58pm