Throughout Canada and the U.S., rich monopoly owners of professional sports franchises are demanding new arenas and stadia or “modernization” of existing venues with funds from the public treasury. This drive is part of the neo-liberal, anti-social offensive that forms the agenda of the state. Funding is often cut for parks, libraries and amateur sport facilities – under the pretext of “creating jobs” or boosterism in “public-private partnerships” – so that these P-3 facilities may be used for private gain. The following article by Neil deMause, author of the Field of Schemes and a website by the same name, examines how U.S. teams like the Phoenix Coyotes, Indiana Pacers, and Atlanta Falcons have extracted sweetheart leases that pay them millions of dollars a year in public “operating subsidies” even as their host cities slash public services and raise taxes. Continue reading
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GIVE Edmonton elected officials credit: They’re not giving up on finding ways to shovel more arena money at Oilers owner Daryl Katz just because the province of Alberta won’t give them any and because it’s a pretty terrible idea. The latest plan: Get the neighbouring communities on the Capital Region Board to ask the province to kick in $25 million from its Regional Collaboration Program, which is supposed to be used for capacity-building programs for local governments, but hey, potato, potahto, right? Continue reading
By STEPHEN KIMBER*
THE NEWS that it was news to HRM Councilor Steve Streatch is hardly comforting. If Halifax becomes one of the host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (limited edition/no major games), it turns out we won’t just be on the hook for a $60-million stadium to hold the games.