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The Following Articles are About the Falcons' Stadium Deal


Why are Georgia taxpayers paying $700m for a new NFL stadium?

The hot dogs at the gleaming new $1.6bn home of the Atlanta Falcons may be cheap, but the way major sports drain tax dollars is an enduring scandal...

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Falcons’ PSL sales reach $233 million

The Falcons have sold more than 48,000 personal seat licenses for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, generating $233 million, according to the latest available data from a state agency....

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Swanky events to be big biz for Falcons stadium

At more than $1.5 billion, Mercedes-Benz Stadium gives the Atlanta Falcons a world-class stage as they try to get back to the Super Bowl...


Falcons stadium cost to taxpayers, counting hidden subsidies: $554 million

According to Atlanta’s 11alive news, the Atlanta city council could vote to approve a Falcons stadium bill as soon as today...


Atlanta Falcons tickets on secondary market among expensive in NFL

There is a lot of excitement around the Atlanta Falcons' new $1.5 billion home.

And according to the secondary marketplace TicketIQ, that excitement is what caused Falcons ticket prices on its website to jump 159 percent from last season...


Atlanta mayoral candidates slam Kasim Reed for ‘giveaways’ on stadium deals

Two contenders to replace Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Thursday slammed his decision to use public funds to keep the Atlanta Hawks in a remodeled Philips Arena...


Invest Atlanta Sues City Ethics Board Over Decision Barring 'Free' Stadium Tickets

Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic arm, has sued the City's Ethics Board on its decision not to all Invest Atlanta “free” tickets at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium...


The Following Articles are About Public Funding of Stadium Deals

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NFL sacks taxpayers for billions in stadium subsidies and other goodies

The National Football League sacks taxpayers from every angle.

The NFL is technically a nonprofit — thanks to a special exception in the tax code carved out by Congress in the 1960s — despite making billions of dollars of profit each year and paying top executives seven-figure salaries..

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How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

Taxpayers fund the stadiums, antitrust law doesn't apply to broadcast deals, the league enjoys nonprofit status, and Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million a year. It's time to stop the public giveaways to America's richest sports league—and to the feudal lords who own its teams...


Sports stadiums do not generate significant local economic growth, Stanford expert says

Stanford economist Roger Noll says professional sports stadiums do not generate local economic growth as advertised. He also says the stadium costs that NFL teams expect local governments to contribute have fallen due to increased political resistance to subsidies for sports teams....


Why Do Mayors Love Sports Stadiums?

Numerous cities are littered with “downtown catalysts” that failed to catalyze...

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Use of Taxpayer Money for Pro-Sports Arenas Draws Fresh Scrutiny

For decades, cities and states have wooed sports teams through hefty subsidies for new arenas and stadiums, sums that have grown along with the facilities’ price tags—despite the howls of economists who deem them a poor use of public money....

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It’s Time to Stop Taxpayer Funded Stadiums

In a recent interview with ESPN, Sherman said:“I’d get us out of this deficit, I’d stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on stadiums and probably get us out of debt and maybe make the billionaires who actually benefit from the stadiums pay for them. That kind of seems like a system that would work for me.”

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The N.F.L. Plays, the Public Pays

Nearly All of the NFL's stadiums are financed with public dollars.  On average, more than half of the reported building costs of all active stadiums have been made for with public dollars.



Atlanta, Las Vegas, the Twin Cities, and Arlington, Texas are recent examples of
an out-of-control trend: the public funding of private sports facilities.


How Taxpayers Keep the NFL Rich

The league has long taken advantage of public dollars to pay for stadiums, hotel suites, and exorbitant salaries. The sport—and fans—would be better off if that ended.

Raiders New Stadium is Prime Example of Corporate Welfare

The NFL’s Oakland Raiders haven’t even left for Las Vegas yet, but they’re already hitting the taxpayers of Nevada hard.