The political climate in America just continues to get more vicious and divided with each passing day, so whenever Republicans and Democrats seem to agree with each other on an issue or topic, it’s news, and honestly, cause for celebration.
Amazingly, the two parties are coming together to deliver a hard smack to the National Football League — but, no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the protests, though it’s still a good move on behalf of the government.
They are working on stripping the NFL of taxpayer funding for their stadiums.
According to The Daily Wire:
In today’s highly fractured world, it’s not often that lawmakers from the two parties agree on anything — which makes it all the more amazing that a Republican and a Democrat are working together to smack down the National Football League.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) have co-sponsored a bill that would strip any taxpayer funding for professional sports teams for building their massive arenas. The proposal, first put forward in June, is gaining steam on Capitol Hill after NFL players began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality (or something).
“Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue,” Booker said in a June 13 statement. “There’s no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new stadiums. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, especially when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits.”
Said Lankford: “The federal government is responsible for a lot of important functions, but financing sports stadiums for multi-million — sometimes billion — dollar franchises is definitely not one of them. Using billions of federal taxpayer dollars for the subsidization of private stadiums when we have real infrastructure needs in our country is not a good way to prioritize a limited amount of funds.”
The two senators said that since 2000, 36 professional sports stadiums have been constructed or revamped under financing provided by federal tax-exempt municipal bonds, costing taxpayers over $3.2 billion. While sports team argue that stadium construction is for the good of the community, the senators say “there is no statistically significant positive correlation between sports facility construction and economic development.”
A group known as Watchdog.org reported that the cost is closer to $7 billion, stating that taxpayers have had nearly $3 billion of their hard earned dollars go toward 16 stadiums. That’s insane.
The New England Patriot’s Gillette Stadium used $72 million in taxpayer funds while the Steelers used $171.6 million. Pretty sure there are much better uses for that money, like providing better health care to veterans or a whole host of other options.
This is definitely one bill that taxpayers, regardless of political affiliation, should be able to support, 100 percent.