Considering nearly 112 million people tuned in to watch an old white guy (Peyton Manning) beat a young black guy (the reverse of the 2008 election) in Superbowl 50, it’s safe to assume Americans love their football. Football is fun and exciting, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, forcing taxpayers to subsidize the state-of-the-art stadiums in which these teams play is a dirty little secret that nobody seems to want to talk about.
For years now, major sports team owners have benefited tremendously from taxpayers subsidizing their multi-million dollar sports playgrounds. Consequently, cities have been forced to cut vital programs and services to accommodate this flagrant corporate welfare. Seattle Seahawks rockstar cornerback isn’t taking it anymore.
Richard Sherman plays cornerback (and well) for the Seattle Seahawks, but he’s also a very thoughtful and outspoken citizen. Naturally this pisses off white America and makes them uncomfortable. IE, the negative (and mildly racist) reaction he received durng a post-game interview after winning the 2014 NFC Chmpsiohip Game.
Here is what Sherman had to say about billionaires and their little playgrounds:
I’d stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on stadiums . . . maybe make the billionaires who actually benefit from the stadiums pay for them. That kind of seems like a system that would work for me, Sherman said, via MyNorthwest.com.
You’re not the only one, Sherm.
President Obama’s new budget proposed repealing a federal tax exemption that leaves taxpayers footing the bill for new sports stadiums. According to the Treasury Department, the repeal could reduce costs for local taxpayers. Sports stadiums only make old, rich white guys even richer, while gobbling up money from struggling cities that could otherwise use those funds for infrastructure and education. But as long as cities keep offering up the big bucks, the more the NFL will gladly take it.
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