Abstract: The Stadium construction boom continues, and taxpayers are being forced to pay for new high tech stadiums they don’t want. These new stadiums create only part-time jobs. Stadiums bring money in exclusively for professional leagues and not the communities. The teams are turning public money into private profit. Professional leagues are becoming extremely wealthy at the taxpayers expense. The publicly-funded stadium obsession must be put to a stop before athletes and coaches become even greedier. New stadiums being built hurt public schools, and send a message to children that leisure activities are more important than basic education. Public money needs to be used to for more important services that would benefit the local economy. Stadiums do not help the economy or save struggling towns. There are no net benefits from single purpose stadiums, and therefore the stadium obsessions must be put to a stop.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world play or watch soccer. There are more than one hundred and fifty professional leagues in the world for soccer. While America has one major soccer league in the country Europe has a handful. Soccer is becoming more popular in America, but is far from having the popularity similar to overseas. Soccer has progressed in America from the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer. The fact is, soccer overseas has had more time to grow and develop. In time, the MLS can become a powerhouse for soccer in the world alongside the premier leagues.Eventually, the MLS will compete with the pace, shots, and skills observed on and off the ball.
The Dallas Cowboys, America’s football team, one of the most well known professional football franchises in the sport’s history. The Cowboys own five super bowl titles, which were won in ’71, ’77, ’92, ’93 and ’95. They are also home to 19 renowned individuals who have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame including standout football stars Tony Dorsett, Emmit Smith, and Troy Aikman. Established in 1960, the Cowboys have been a dominating force on the field and still continue to produce to this day. Forbes wrote, “The Cowboys franchise value reaches over 1.85 billion and are listed as the third most valued sports team in the world”, (Page 1). With all of this hype and world wide recognition the powerhouse from Dallas needs a venue just as prominent as the team itself as well as having the capability to hold all the weight the Cowboys name carries.
A loss to value added is when you have two professional sports team within a good driving distance of each other. “Incumbent owners have made it clear...
Many people are unaware the history of soccer and how long it has been a part of the culture in the US. The first major spark came with the world famous New York Cosmos, an upstart semi-professional club that got it’s start in 1970. They started out as an ambitious project of the...
For over a century, fans have gathered to watch their favorite baseball team compete. Each fan may have a favorite team, and in that team they may choose their favorite player(s). These players are people that fans idolize, wishing they could be them. But, has professional baseball become more than one of America’s favorite pastimes? The MLB has become a business of trading and deals.
In Major League Baseball, stadiums can affect the game dramatically by the size and by the way the dirt is laid out and how the weather is as well. The baseball teams and players can be affected by this in their major life physically and mentally. Major League Baseball is a prominent organization in our daily life. The game is very important for most people. The game is a lifestyle to people as well. Baseball has changed over the years. For instance, Pete Palmer states, “The way baseball is playing right now is completely different from the past” (Palmer, summary, 2014). A very helping part of baseball are baseball stadiums. For example, ballparks of america says, “... ballparks are amazing, they help us play” (ballparks of america, summary,
In the summer of 2007 Canada was hosting one of the biggest soccer tournaments in the world, the u20 Men’s FIFA World Cup. It was the first time that Canada was the host of a major soccer competition. Many argue that after hosting this event, soccer started exploding in Canada. The general secretary of the CSA also shares this view; in an interview he says Montopoli acknowledges 2007 (when Canada hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup) as an important year for the sport in this country, calling it “the jumping off point”. We set FIFA attendance records with 1.2 million people coming through the gates, which I think surprised a lot of people in our country (SOURCE APA). Part of the success after hosting the World Cup has also brought professional soccer into Canada through the MLS and there have been multiple expansions in Canada. Moreover, the success with hosting the men’s U20 World Cup has allowed us to bid for bigger tournaments. Canada recently won the bid to host the 2015 Women’s World Cup while also hosting the U20 Women’s World Cup in 2014 (SOURCE). These two huge events will surely attract many Canadians to come watch and attend the games. Furthermore there will be increased media coverage of the games. Hosting these huge international events really allows soccer to grow from the grassroots level because of increased media coverage and also multiple parents bringing their kids to attend soccer games. Appendix A shows proof that Montopoli’s statement is accurate as there is an increase in soccer registration around the country following the 2007 World Cup.
Other options include sharing stadiums between teams in the same cities. These could be teams of different sports such as football and baseball. The point of stadium sharing is retaining the same, if not more revenue, and cut out as much public funding as possible (Swindell, Rosentraub, 1998, p. 19). Since professional teams do not play all year round there is still plenty of room for teams to intermingle games, while also holding other entertainment events for maximum revenue (Swindell, Rosentraub, 1998, p. 19). Cities could also figure out good ways to tax the people who want stadiums more than the ones who do not, like a luxury tax. This strategy would allow the economy to focus on a particular target market and the ones who want to spend
...nged other soccer leagues in Europe as well the struggling NFL. The ASL’s stars would eventually lead the United States to a third-place finish in the very first soccer World Cup in 1930. Soccer almost became a major sport in the USA. But, just before the 1930 World Cup, disaster struck. The ASL clashed with the USFA (United States Football Association) because the ASL wanted to use rules that were never used before in soccer. The ASL was eventually brought to an end in 1933. Although this was a big tragedy for American soccer, it has started to show signs of life again. Soccer has started to gain popularity again, with top players from around the world playing in America’s MLS (Major League Soccer), and many fans cheering on MLS teams and the USA national soccer team. If this continues, then, maybe one day, American soccer will return to its illustrious golden age.