New Orleans running out of stadium money, too

Indianapolis isn’t the only city whose sports facilities are hemorrhaging red ink: The Superdome Commission, which runs both the New Orleans Saints‘ dome home and the Hornets‘ arena, is looking at a $27.5 million shortfall for the next fiscal year, according to the New Orleans Times-Picuyune. Of course, this may have something to do with the ridiculous leases the state agreed to with its teams, where Louisiana taxpayers actually pay the Saints and Hornets more than $46 million a year combined just to play in their state.

“There are not enough monster truck shows in the universe to make up” for the losses, Superdome VP told the state legislature in asking for more tax money to bail out the agency’s budget. While it wouldn’t be quite as simple as underprivileged college students subsidizing the Saints and Hornets profits with their tuition money, that’s pretty close as shorthand.


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