New L.A. NFL team would be a waste

New L.A. NFL team would be a waste

Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl.

Now back to politics.

It looks like the Cleveland/Los Angeles/Anaheim/St. Louis Rams might return to Los Angeles:

NEW YORK—There has been renewed attention in recent days on the NFL’s potential return to the long-vacant Los Angeles market after the Los Angeles Times reported that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke had purchased 60 acres of land between the Forum and Hollywood Park.

That prompted speculation that Kroenke could be making preparations to have a stadium built at that site in preparation for a possible relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles. The market has been without a team since the Rams and Raiders left town following the 1994 season, and some owners and others within the league have been increasingly anxious in recent years to find a way to put a franchise — or perhaps two franchises — in Los Angeles again. The Rams’ lease reportedly enables them to leave St. Louis following the 2014 season.

But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cautioned Friday, during his annual Super Bowl week news conference, against overreaction to Kroenke’s land purchase.

It’s probably inevitable that at least one team will come to L.A.. Also inevitable would be some sort of taxpayer subsidy.

Big time sports teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA argue that they bring profits and prestige to local areas. But numerous studies, such as those by Stanford University professor Roger Noll, show that local areas get no benefit from the subsidies. The money that fans give to a sports team just is taken from other types of entertainment, such as movies and personal recreation.

There’s no economic benefit. Rather, the tax increases to subsidize the teams distort the local economy to benefit billionaire owners and millionaire players. The local politicians benefit by hobnobbing with sports stars.

Consider Seahawks owner Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, who is worth $15.8 billion. Yet in 2002, he cajoled local taxpayers into coughing up “$390 million of the $560 million construction cost.” Why can’t Richie Rich pay for his own stadium?

A new Reason video discusses how the NFL sacks taxpayers for about $1 billion a year, despite revenues of $9 billion:

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 February, 2014, 08:40

    Until the peasants stop flocking to the these pro games like mind-numbed morons, nothing changes. I haven’t attended a pro anything game in decades. Why? Because I remember the 1982 NFL strike, when about half the games were cancelled because the spoiled millionaire brats wanted more money. That was it for me. Then MLB, NBA and pro hockey followed suit. So I rarely even watch a pro game anymore other than the Superbowl. I never watch the World Series. And I never watch the NBA playoffs. Ever. I love college FB and BB. But I just read that at Northwestern U. the FB players are forming a union to get more rights, which will eventually lead to financial contracts. Wait for it. These 19-23 YO punks aren’t satisfied with a free education and free room and board. They want it all. If the other colleges start this baloney I’ll just watch the high school kids play where it’s all about the competition and love for the sport itself. Not to get rich at it then demand more…more…more.

    I even make a mental note not to buy products advertised on TV during the Superbowl. If I buy those products I buy the competitor’s product that doesn’t advertise. Oh sure. The commercials are creative and funny, but by advertising on a pro sports venue they just lost my business. Sorry.

    Pro sports teams are acting like the Too Big To Fails. The owners don’t want to risk their money on a new business venture like a stadium. They want YOU the TAXPAYER to pay for it!!! lol. And many of you voluntarily open your wallets and give them what they want without protest. And then you wonder why there’s no beer money left over at the end of the month! lol.

    Look what the Kings are doing to the peasants in Sacramento! Look what the Angels are doing to the peasants in Anaheim! The owners and the pols are in an incestuous relationship and you’re the ones who get bent over. If you go to their games you asked for it!!! lol.

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  2. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 3 February, 2014, 08:53

    Oh, btw, did you read that the Dodgers raised their season ticket prices by as much as 140% LOL!!!! Yes, the DODGERS did that!!! LOL!!!

    Now for a nosebleed season ticket instead of paying $5/seat or $410 a season you pay $12 a seat and $984 a season!

    A lousy infield loge seat went from $26 to $40 or $2132 to $3280 a season!

    What an insult to the fans!

    I’d walk through a den of rattlers before I’d ever go to a Dodgers game!!! lol.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 February, 2014, 18:06

    Two Templar tomes to finish off the day!

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 3 February, 2014, 19:38

    Funny, I agree with you LIC. I was a Dodger fan since their Brooklyn days–I was 10–I lived in WY. I moved to CA one year before the Brooklyn Dodgers came to LA–I was ecstatic when they followed me! I won’t bore you with all the details of my life as a Dodger fan–but it was fun, and I was never happier than when I was sitting in Dodger stadium, Left Field Loge. All that is in the past now–I cannot afford the tickets. Yes, LIC, it is an insult–the insults began when major league Baseball allowed Frank whatshisname to buy the team for less than 450 million–money he borrowed–and a bigger insult when the new group paid him one billion plus and didn’t even get the whole parking lot!

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 3 February, 2014, 21:17

    As long as they don’t try to pick our pockets (like these public unions do) who cares……

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 3 February, 2014, 22:37

    Rexie….they will clean out fools who idolize GED ball players!

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  7. Eric R.
    Eric R. 8 February, 2014, 10:19

    Given the fact that LA is now majority Hispanic and becoming more so everyday, what they really need is a “futbol” franchise, not an NFL football team.

    Maybe the English Premiere League can put a franchise in Los Angeles.

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