The other day the AJC ran this opinion piece about the new Gwinnett Braves AAA baseball stadium. My first thought was, this cost $64 million to build? Really?
Seems like a lot of cash for a baseball diamond but it does sound like a bargain when you consider the cost of the new Dallas Cowboys stadium ($1.1 billion-ish), the new Yankee stadium ($1.3 billion-ish) or the new "Shea" stadium ($850 million-ish).
So many tax dollars. So many wealthy team owners. Now if I could just figure out a way to get the government to subsidize a plush new soccer stadium for an Atlanta MLS soccer franchise located within walking distance of my house.
Go ahead and ask your students if they are in favor of the government giving out "handouts" to people. When you are done discussing that question ask them if they are in favor of the government giving out subsidies to athletic team owners. See if their answers match up.