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Atlanta Braves stadium deal ‘smacks of cronyism’: Tea party leader

The recent Atlanta Braves stadium deal has garnered much publicity for its move to neighboring Cobb County and the expected “contribution” that will come from taxpayers — to the tune of $600mm over the next 30 years. In this CNBC interview, Debbie Dooley voices her frustrations over the deal:

A $672 million proposal to move the Atlanta Braves from their downtown home to a brand new stadium in nearby Cobb County has drawn heat from the local Atlanta tea party chapter, led by co-founder Debbie Dooley, also the national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots.

Why Stadium Subsidies Always Win: Q&A with J.C. Bradbury

In this Reason.tv video, Kennesaw State University economist J.C. Bradbury discusses the rational ignorance, individual benefits, and dispersed costs that allow stadium subsidies to, seemingly always, get passed. Also, people just seem to like sports. It’s a great video worth five minutes of your day:

“One of the things we often find about these stadiums,” explains Kennesaw State University economist J.C. Bradbury, is that “[politicians and supporters] always underestimate the costs and overestimate the benefits.”

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