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Sports and sporting events have been a part of human civilization from the very beginning. Sport core values lay in the need for survival of our species. However, now that humans have obviously ensured their stay on this planet, why do sports still encompass such a large part of society? Now, it is not being suggested that we should denounce sports and leave them in the pages of history, but do we really need to continue to allocate such a vast amount of our resources towards them? Sports stadiums may provide one of the best examples of how distorted our priorities as a society are. According to Aaron Gordon of the Pacific Standard,

“Over the past 20 years, 101 new sports facilities have been opened in the United States, “

He goes on by saying,

“The average public cost for a sports facility at the end of the 2000’s is 241 million.”

http://www.psmag.com/business-economics/america-has-a-stadium-problem-62665/

I’ll let you do the math, but this is an enormous  number. A monetary number that could go towards public schooling, infrastructure, medical advancement, or all three. The Constitution, referenced in chapter 17,  states that public sports organizations have to comply with several requirements in the management of their business activities. So why isn’t the public’s voice being heard? In the article, proof is shown that the people don’t always vote for increasing taxes to fund a new stadium, yet stadiums continue to be built using the peoples tax money.

“The problem becomes unsolvable when voters rarely get to actually vote on the issue and when they vote “no” the stadiums get built anyway.”

The first photo is a stadium for the Carolina Panthers that want $200 million in public funding to renovate their stadium and the second photo is in Chester, Pennsylvania which was referenced in the article.  The total cost of the stadium in Chester was $117 million and 97% of the funding is coming from the people who live there.

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