Thursday, September 30, 2004

(I love Doug Bandow -- he's a great guy, great thinker, and straightforward writer.)

Baseball and Circuses for the Poor
By Doug Bandow

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 government builds 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: the Yankees, Mets, and Jets all want new stadiums. So do the San Diego Chargers. The St. Louis Cardinals did too, before the legislature rejected most of their requested public subsidies.

Moreover, several states have been competing to win the Montreal Expos. Portland, Oregon and Northern Virginia have been in the race. But Washington, D.C. is the winner, Major League Baseball has announced.

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