Anaylysis of the last 48 years of professional sports subsidies in Minnesota reveal a widening gap between public benefit and private profit. During the first three decades sports subsidies were low enough to be justifiable. However at the turn of the century hundreds of millions of dollars worth of sports subsidies actually distort local ecnomics and become a multimillion dollar public liability. This trend will only get worse if additional public money is spent on a Vikings stadium and renovations of existing sports arenas.
MINNEAPOLIS--Dozens of baseball fans and immigrant rights activists gathered outside the Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday at rush hour. The hotel is where Major League Baseball's owners are all meeting this week to discuss all things pro baseball. Activists from MIRAC, BAM!, Centro Campesino, SEIU 26 and MoveTheGame.org wanted to make sure moving the 2011 All Star Game from Arizona was on their agenda.