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Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit, Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback – Apr 1 2008


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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803260164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803260160
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This readable, impressively footnoted book explores the trend of pro sports team owners budding in line in front of other social infrastructure, demanding public money under threat of leaving to build their lavish venues. The book cites extensive studies which show sports teams merely displace other spending by consumers, which is fair enough in a capitalist system - but why the intricate corporate welfare scams? It's a tale of shareholder responsibility gone absolutely mad, of government-endorsed centralization of power and money which no one on the left or right should be able to stomach after considering the facts.

It's amazing, sickening and worst of all, follows an extremely predictable pattern, currently at play at most "aging" venues near you.
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Attention Residents of Atlanta,Sacramento, and Minneapolis! Sept. 24 2013
By Michael Ted Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book that debunks the myths that sport's stadiums and arenas are good investmens for public tax dollars.The citizens of Minnesota,Sacramento, and Atlanta should read this work as they are in the process of getting fleeced.
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Fascinating Reading Nov. 10 2012
By Gordon Walter - Published on Amazon.com
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Our City is proposing a 50/50 public private arena to which most residents are opposed. This book was a wonderful insight into how team owners con the public into paying for their dreams. It was enlightening to read the 6 steps that owners use and then relate them back to the tactics our arena supporters are using, textbook! (slightly dated but the principles remain the same)

I bought this for a specific reason but I recommend it to anyone anywhere that a team is asking for public money to fund stadiums etc. As a Kindle download the $9.99 was a reasonable price for a fascinating read.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mandatory reading if you have a field of schemes in your backyard! April 24 2012
By Paul Krupin - Published on Amazon.com
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We had a local baseball association try to get permission from the local school board to give them more than 50 percent of the school property for a baseball field expansion. The tactics in this book helped us persuade the school board not to decide in the associations favor. The decision and rationale for the decision is in the record and it makes it very difficult for any further consideration. Thank you!
This book will disgust you but it's well worth your while...if you're not outraged you've not read this book! May 15 2014
By Michael Turnbull - Published on Amazon.com
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As a former avid sports fan I can say that my feeling for professional sports changed when "revenue streams" became part of the conversation. This is the first book I have read on the topic of public subsidies for stadia. I have lived long enough to not be surprised by much but the hypocrisy of the politicians is once again in the forefront of this issue.

And one would think that the "free market" billionaire owners of professional sports teams would reject feeding at the public trough as creeping socialism. It's simple selfish greed and the ease with which the politicians roll over is appalling.

I live in Minneapolis and so Art Rolnick of the Minneapolis Fed is our voice of reason...I'm so glad the authors reference his idea - just treat public subsidies as income and tax it accordingly. It is too late for Minneapolis, however, a new Vikings stadium was just approved last fall, even though legal prohibitions were in place to prevent public subsidies over $10 million.

I'm a bit exhausted by this book but the best thing is that it offers strategies and lessons to fight these "free market" parasites who own professional teams and to hold these political hypocrites accountable.
Shocking May 3 2014
By Frank Rizzo - Published on Amazon.com
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It is shocking to read how much public money has been squandered in the pursuit of public funding to support billionaire team owners.

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