First it was Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dees saying only taxpayers are stupid enough to spend money on stadiums, now it’s Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson being maybe just a bit too honest about why he’s demanding public subsidies to renovate his privately built-and-owned stadium:
Asked Wednesday why the team couldn’t pay its own way, Richardson said, in short, because they don’t have to. NFL teams, he said, “are so coveted, they don’t have to pay. There are only 32.”
In other words, “We’re a monopoly, so like it or lump it.” Lily Tomlin couldn’t have said it better.