Do sports stadiums need government welfare?

Do sports stadiums need government welfare?

If a National Football League or Major League Baseball team wants a new stadium, that team gets a new stadium — and usually at the expense of US taxpayers. Major league sports are among the most subsidized industries in America. Tax credits, handouts, and even eminent domain are part of the standard package that state, county, and local governments offer to professional sports teams seeking new stadiums. Such corporate welfare typically commands bipartisan majorities in state legislatures and city halls, thanks to promises of new jobs and economic growth. But the data suggest that these lofty plans do not pay off. Join AEI for a discussion of professional sports subsidies and — fittingly — for a free lunch.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET
AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036



  • Agenda

    11:45 AM
    Registration and Lunch

    12:00 PM
    Panelists:
    Dennis Coates, University of Maryland
    Kevin A. Hassett, AEI
    Steve Marsh, Grantland
    Travis Waldron, Center for American Progress

    Moderator:
    Timothy P. Carney, AEI

    We welcome you to watch the event live on this page and join the conversation on Twitter with #AEIcompetition. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
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