Tag Archives: Stadiums and arenas

Circus Maximus: Olympic spoilsport

The '92 Games in Barcelona are by many thought to be the most succesful Games in history | David Meenagh/Flickr

The ’92 Games in Barcelona are by many thought to be the most succesful Games in history | David Meenagh/Flickr

By ANDREAS SELLIAAS

Book review: In his new book, Circus Maximus, economist Andrew Zimbalist analyses the benefits and risks of hosting a sports mega-event and finds that the economic risks by far exceed the benefits.

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Apartheid Games: Baltimore, Urban America, and Camden Yards

Freddie Gray protests at Camden Yards

Protesters rally at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a march for Freddie Gray on Saturday, April 25, 2015 | AP Photo/Gail Burton

BY DAVE ZIRIN, Edge of Sports

(April 28) – If you don’t understand Oriole Park at Camden Yards, then you can’t understand why Baltimore exploded this week. If you don’t understand Oriole Park at Camden Yards then you can’t understand why what happened in Baltimore can replicate itself in other cities around the United States. Continue reading

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Flames owner readies arena demands

USdollarsHalved(March 10) – Calgary Flames CEO Ken King is getting ready to present the city with his plans for a new arena, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi still doesn’t want to hear about it if it involves public subsidies:

“It can’t be public dollars to subsidize private benefit. As much as we’d love to have Madonna here, I don’t think that you could convince most people that it’s a good use of public money to subsidize Madonna.”

In case you needed reminding, Naheed Nenshi is a total stadium subsidy badass.

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Subsidizing private sports teams doesn’t help local economy

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatnerPolitifact (March 9) –   A  2008 summary of research by economists Dennis Coates of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Brad Humphreys of West Virginia University… reviewed more than 40 academic studies, spanning nearly two decades, that examined public subsidies for professional sports teams. Their findings were clear. Continue reading

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Coyotes have seriously found yet another way to ask for subsidies from Glendale

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatner(March 6) – So the city of Glendale already built the Arizona Coyotes a new arena at public cost, then charged them low rent to play in it, then gave them $50 million to keep playing there, then agreed to pay the team $15 million a year more for another 15 years to keep playing there longer, then allowed the team to opt out of its lease if it wants to anyway regardless of all this. After all that, there is no possible way that Glendale can even find any more ways of subsidizing the hockey team, right? Right?

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Markham still won’t release full economic impact studies on now-dead NHL arena project

By Neil deMauseField of Schemes

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatner(Feb. 9) – Plans for an NHL arena in the Toronto suburb of Markham are long since dead, but the battle over them goes on: In the latest, the former head of the Markham Village Ratepayers Association, who in 2012 filed a freedom of information request for the economic impact studies conducted by the city for the arena, and who since then has been elected to the Markham city council, is trying to pass a bill to get the full reports released. But it’s not going that well:

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Flames owner readying arena demand

fieldofschemes-BurnsRatner(Nov. 26) – The owners of the Calgary Flames haven’t been too aggressive with their hopes for a new arena, beyond occasionally griping about their old one. That all changed yesterday, though, thanks to a major package of articles in the Calgary Herald describing how:

  • Flames CEO Ken King “could be within weeks of announcing their vision” for a new arena
  • The arena will almost certainly require, in King’s words, “some sort of public-private” funding scheme.
  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and the city council are vehemently opposed to giving King any cash, though some on the council may be open to providing free land.

According to the Herald, the arena talks have been going on for three years, if by “talks” you mean “the Flames owner asking for money, and city officials telling him to get lost.” More

Source: Field of Schemes

 

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