In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.
The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.
In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.
That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.
Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.
The Ramp and the Dome, man.
Or even better, an MLB example: the Cards.
FCC votes to end NFL ‘blackout rule’
The Federal Communications Commission has eliminated the rule that authorized the NFL to restrict broadcasts of football games if the local venue is not sold out. Signaling the commission’s 5-0 vote earlier this month, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler wrote in an editorial, “Today we are blowing the whistle on an anti-fan practice.” - The Hollywood Reporter
Photo: Empty seats are seen at the New York Giants’ first game at their new stadium, in 2010, via the Guardian (Credit: Getty Images)
This is a friend of mine.
15th September 2014
GoT Ladies + their houses
”You have a wildness in you, child. The ‘Wolf Blood’, my father used to call it.”
The Starks trace their descent from Brandon the Builder and the ancient Kings of Winter. For thousands of years, they ruled from Winterfell as Kings in the North, until Torrhen Stark, the King Who Knelt, chose to swear fealty to Aegon the Dragon rather than give battle. Their blazon is a grey direwolf on an ice-white field. The Stark words are Winter Is Coming.
The absolutely amazing art is by Brian Yap - (x)
People are already making the comparison between Husain Abdullah’s Muslim prayer during Monday night’s game and Tim Tebow’s Christian prayers. Fair or not, the last thing the NFL wants right now is more bad publicity.
I love football - specifically, the NFL. But between the matters Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Dwyer, etc. I find it extremely hard to support the NFL in any manner. This is just the icing on top of the already fucked up cake.
This man intercepted one of the greatest quarterbacks of my generation. He had every damn right to celebrate. He was probably overwhelmed with emotion considering how fucking rare it is to get a pick six, let alone one on such a great QB.
Tebow was known for this. It was literally known as “tebow-ing.” It shouldn’t have been a big ordeal when Abdullah did this. It didn’t slow down the pace of the game, or anything. There was no fucking reason to call “excessive celebration” on it.
The NFL is so fucked. I hope that they get their shit together, and they continue to keep fucking up.
I know that life is busy and hard and that there’s crushing pressure to just settle down and get a real job and khaki pants and a haircut. But don’t. Please don’t. Please keep believing that life can be better, brighter, broader because of the art that you make. Please keep demonstrating the courage that it takes to swim upstream in a world that prefers putting away for retirement to putting pen to paper, that chooses practicality over poetry, that values you more for going to the gym than going to the deepest places in your soul. Please keep making your art for people like me, people who need the magic and imagination and honesty of great art to make the day-to-day world a little more bearable.– A text I received this morning from a friend (via girrlscout)
We’re the generation of women who will teach their sons to act respectfully instead of teaching our daughters to beware
This is everything I stand for.