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Sports Stadiums

With an increasing amount of state budgets (taxpayer dollars, that is) being allocated for new prisons and sports stadiums, Reverend Jesse Jackson has argued in many public appearances of late that these developments come at the expense of and instead of improvements in public school systems. Since ninety percent of those in prisons are high school dropouts, Jackson argues our schools have become feeding grounds for prisons. The problem is worst in major urban areas, the exact same areas investing hundreds of millions and even billions in new sports stadiums. With sports franchise owners and the majority of sports players making millions of dollars in profits yearly, are sports stadiums something taxpayers need to subsidize? In other words, do sports stadiums require social welfare? State and local government leaders, many of them leaders of some of the nation’s most deplorable public school systems, are glassy-eyed over the lure of sports stadiums and major sports franchises. All they see are the enormous economic promises they believe the construction of these stadiums guarantee. They often fail to understand the relatively minor impact of these franchises on the local economy. This has created a welfare system whose funds are directed toward the rich, instead of the impoverished, both in terms of individuals and infrastructure institutions, “A welfare system exists in this country that transfers hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers to wealthy investors and their extraordinarily well-paid employees. Who are these individuals profiting from this life on the dole? They are the owners of North America’s professional sports teams and the athletes who play in each of the four major sports leagues” (Rosentraub 1). This analysis will argue that state and city officials needs to reassess their infatuation with the lure of sports profits and the enhanced image they believe it lends their area. Taxpayers should n...

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Sports Stadiums. (1969, December 31). In LotsofEssays.com. Retrieved 19:15, May 24, 2020, from https://www.lotsofessays.com/viewpaper/1686362.html