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FOOTBALL, EDUCATION & RACE: A BIRMINGHAM EXAMINATION
Published November 23, 1994
In this morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL, Brett Pulley examines the battle between residents and the city over helping the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) establish its Division I-A college football program. Specifically, the Birmingham City Council voted to give UAB $2.2M to upgrade its football program I by 1996. "To some people in the loose coalition opposing" the city giving money to UAB to start football, "the controversy boils down to a frustration with the dominance of the university locally and the dominance of football here and throughout the state." In the mid-'80s the city gave $1M to the USFL's Birmingham Stallions to start their franchise. The city received "some used uniforms and equipment in return for its investment." In '91, the city decided to give the World League's Birmingham Fire stadium concession funds. Opponents of public funding to UAB for football say the money would be better spent on education and economic revitalization of the city (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/23).