No refunds for the subsidisers
Let’s say 10 years from now — long after the Georgia General Assembly approves public funding for a new Falcons stadium (shouldn’t that be put to a statewide referendum?) — NFL owners preside over another lockout. A prolonged work stoppage ensues.
Who will reimburse the taxpayers who funded the stadium, the ones misled to believe that a new facility would bring added revenues to the city and state? What about the merchants who open establishments dependent on fan business?
Fan reimbursement — that’s funny. Additional subsidizing is more like it, in the form of higher ticket prices to cover alleged losses by team owners.
Why haven’t we heard from the Tea Party on this? Are they okay with government subsidies, as long as they don’t go to the poor?