Government Spending on Sports

News Articles, Blogs, & Books


Brazilians Keep World Cup Hopes in Check Amid Complications (NPR)


Talk of a Hotel Tax has Mary Kay seeing red (Fort Worth Star Telegram)


Add Philadelphia to the list of MLS stadiums surrounded by vacant lots (Field of Schemes)

Podcasts & Webpages

Overview of various funding sources for all National Football League Stadiums (CBS Minnesota)


Washington State University students upset about the allocation of money toward decorative upgrades to a sports facilty (WSU Athletics)


Animated map of publicly financed stadiums over the years dating back to 1914 (DeadSpin)


Heatmap of spending during the 2013 NCAA Final Four and an evaluation of whether the increase in spending was worth the arena subsidy (DeadSpin)


Heatmap of spending during the 2013 Super Bowl (Mashable)

Fox News

Examining the claim that stadiums have an impact on local economies

The Uptake

Minnesota governor incorrectly claiming that job creation is a benefit of publicly financed stadiums


The true economic impact of the London Olypic Games


Q&A with economist JC Bradbury on the reason that stadium subsidies almost always win

Additional Videos

The story of how racism affected Ole Miss football (ESPN 30 for 30: Ghosts of Ole Miss)



Are sports stadiums worth the subsidies that they receive? No.

Jadrian Wooten, PhD