Field of Schemes

Field of Schemes

How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit

Book - 1998
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Are you a sports fan distraught over your home team's move to another city? Or someone whose city has just lured a team to your home turf with a brand new stadium? Or maybe you don't follow sports, but as a taxpayer are outraged over cutbacks in school funding and other services.
Forget about the false tales of "welfare queens" who supposedly rode around in Cadillacs. Field of Schemes introduces you to some real welfare kings.
A used-car salesman turned baseball owner promises to pay for a new stadium out of his own pocket, if the state government just agrees to move a highway to clear the land. Several backroom deals later, the state is raising a quarter-billion dollars towards the stadium costs - and the team owner is getting his stadium scot-free.
The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft wants to buy a football team, but only if the state will build him a new stadium first. So he pays the $4 million cost of a referendum - even as his camp spends millions more in advertising to make sure he wins. In exchange, he gets at least $300 million in public money to build his team's new home.

Publisher: Monroe, Me. : Common Courage Press, c1998
ISBN: 9781567511390
1567511392
9781567511383
1567511384
Characteristics: xi, 226 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: DeMause, Neil

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