Big government exists in large part to subsidize well connected big businesses. Professional sports teams are among the biggest recipients of corporate welfare. Politicians who otherwise rail against big government often get hoodwinked into supporting subsidies for sports arenas and stadiums.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, for instance, ran for president promising to take on the special interests while also fighting to funnel a quarter-billion dollars to the billionaire owners of the Milwaukee Bucks.
In recent weeks, NFL owners' taxpayer-funded gravy train has come into focus.
The NFL should no longer be subsidized by any government: local, state, or federal End all of their subsidies— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 8, 2017
The tweet above by conservative Charlie Kirk was greeted with some glee by many liberals on Twitter who are consistent enough in their ideals to oppose subsidies for billionaire business owners.
I personally am not offended by NFL players' protests, but I'll get on Charlie Kirk's platform on this. End subsidies for all pro sports arenas. They do not generally add to economic growth or the development of a neighborhood. They crowd out other, less politically favored, entertainment spending or non-entertainment use of coveted real estate. And they serve as Robin Hood in reverse, taking from the taxpayer and giving to the richest citizens.
So if it takes an odd motivation — anger at NFL players' protests and the owners' support for those players — fine. It's a good cause.
Timothy P. Carney, the Washington Examiner's commentary editor, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears Tuesday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.