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PUBLIC BEGINNING TO SAY NO TO PUBLIC FINANCING OF STADIUMS

          The emerging public backlash to publicly financed
     sports facilities was examined in BUSINESS WEEK by Jay
     Weiner of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Justin Catanoso
     of the Greensboro News & Record.  Weiner & Catanoso:
     "[P]ublic financing for pro sports facilities is no longer a
     slam-dunk."  Univ. of Chicago sports economist Allen
     Sanderson says that "a better-informed public has become
     skeptical of sports investments."  Sanderson: "Sports do not
     create very many jobs, and there's no evidence that they
     help attract new industry."  Weiner & Catanoso: "Communities
     have long paid dearly to support their teams, but the costs
     have reached unconscionable levels.  The economics of pro
     sports is spinning out of control, and perhaps the only
     thing that can rein it in is the voice of people ...  Voices
     that won't take it anymore" (BUSINESS WEEK, 12/15).
 
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