For wonks and masochists wanting to know more on the intersection between pro sports and public investment, to go with my piece
in the paper this week, here are a few links.
From Dave Zirin, author of the recent book, Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports
, here's an essay that appeared a few months ago in the San Francisco Chronicle
titled Are Stadiums Worth the High Price?
Although a bit dated (1997), here's a worthwhile pro-con discussion on the question, "Are tax-funded sports arenas a good investment for America's cities?"
Here's a story
from the Seattle paper earlier this year on that city's flirtation with pro hockey.
Check out a frequently cited 1998 policy study titled "Sports Stadium Madness
Economist Austan Goolsbee in a recent New York Times column
muses about wealthy individuals who pay astronomical sums to own professional sports teams. Don't Count on Happy Ending, Nashville (Take It from Us)
: A look at Nashville's NHL adventure from a sportswriter for the Winnipeg Free Press
(the NHL Jets left Winnipeg in the mid-1990s).