Games and circuses once were provided by government. How better to satiate the desire of the Roman masses than to entertain them in the Arena?
Today, governments build stadiums to attract sports franchises for the same purpose. But the American masses seem to be tiring of transferring billions of dollars to billionaire team owners.
New York City is beset with wealthy supplicants: Major League Baseball's Yankees and Mets, and the National Football League's Jets all want new stadiums. So do the NFL San Diego. The MLB St. Louis Cardinals did too, before the legislature rejected most of their requested public subsidies.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Posted by David MacLean at 11:30 AM
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