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Real Madrid for American fans

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey Final

The Real Madrid website has services and information about European soccer which is the biggest sport overseas where fans don’t miss a game and are always selling out home stadiums. Real Madrid also has European basketball in case soccer is not your cup of tea. The basketball program is not really mainstreamed like soccer, where both sports have the same sponsors, gear and trademark. The audience that is most appealing for this website are foreign soccer players, young boys and men who want to become a professional soccer player and be on Real Madrid’s team. European athletes who want to play soccer or basketball for their own private team who does tones of charity work worldwide. And if you’re (Madridista) fan enough, you can get a Real Madrid membership card that is packed with benefits for supporting the Madrid team for as long as you want. When I took a look at the website I thought it was two-way communications where the website can be seen in different languages. The owner/president of the club has also played on this team and won multiple championships nationally and still wants to be a part of the sport. So Florentino Pérez Rodríguez the owner is doing as much as possible to complete with next door Italy and France that Spain is the best for football in the country. I like the website, it is professional but does not really how it first started and what are the regulations for Real Madrid to become a professional team and its own club.

Who benefits the most from a stadium?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

No one can argue that America loves her sporting events. It is a natural tendency for humans to glorify athletics in some manner. The Roman Colosseum was very similar to the stadiums and arenas that we have today. Who should pay for these stadiums of ours though? Well the public is often the provider. Tax payers pay for a stadium that they might never go to, or ever support. This might seem fair to a fan of the said stadium’s team, but to someone who could care less this could be viewed as highly unfair.

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

All the while, American cities, counties, and states continue to struggle. Glendale, Arizona, may actually sell City Hall so they can afford to keep subsidizing a hockey team that few people actually pay to see.

Pacific Standard’s article illuminates several other issues concerning public funding of stadiums. The following link shows some exact costs of stadiums, as well as the percentage that the tax paying public contributed.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2010/05/cleveland_browns_1999_stadium/

The mainstream excuse for stadiums is that they create jobs. Well these jobs are limited, and not as glamorous as they make out to be. No one aspires to work at a concession stand. More private donors should take charge in building and upgrading stadiums. An economy that is already suffering enough shouldn’t have to pay for frivolous improvements that don’t have an impact on the majority of the city. I know sports are a huge part of the American tradition, but not at the expense of the public who receives no real benefit.