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Come Talk Stadium Financing With Me (And A Few Other People)

By Travis Waldron

"Come Talk Stadium Financing With Me (And A Few Other People)"

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I’m excited to let you all know that next Thursday, I’ll be on a panel at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank here in D.C., discussing one of my favorite issues: the public financing of sports stadiums and sports subsidies in general. The panel is next Thursday, December 12, from noon to 1:30, and I’m joining University of Maryland economics professor Dennis Coates, AEI fellow and former Mitt Romney economic adviser Kevin Hassett, and Grantland’s Steve Marsh. Washington Examiner columnist and AEI fellow Tim Carney will moderate.

Here’s the invite to register and attend. If you’re not in D.C. or can’t attend, the event will stream live at the same place.

Anyone who’s a regular reader of this site knows that I love talking about stadium financing and all the implications of giving professional teams hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money. Aside from enjoying the issue from an economic and sports perspective, I also find the political dynamics of the stadium financing debate fascinating: unlike so many issues, it isn’t clearly divided along liberal and conservative, Democratic or Republican lines. There are people on both sides, particularly among elected officials, who think stadiums are a worthy public project and people on both sides who think cities would be better off dumping piles of money into the nearest river instead.

Because of that dynamic, this should be a lot of fun. I hope you’ll stop by — or at least watch online — and I’d love to hear from you either at AEI or online after the event is over. I’m looking forward to it.

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