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July 28, 2011

Nation sport issue features me, some other people

For any readers here who are subscribers to The Nation magazine, I have an article in the just-out sports issue on why cities persist in chasing stadium and arena deals, when so much evidence shows that they're usually a waste of money. (It's online, but for subscribers-only.)

Of course, if you're a Nation subscriber you probably already know that. So if you're not a Nation subscriber, you can sign up in various formats here, or just buy a copy at your local store that sells magazines, if you still have one of those. (I'm trying to find a way to order a single copy of the sports issue online, but the closest I've come so far is a Nation baseball cap.)

Or if you don't want to read my article, you can always just admire the names of the other contributors. I've always wanted to share a table of contents with Noam Chomsky, John Sayles, and Mark Cuban...


Thanks for this nice post Neil. Your terrific piece will be freely available on the site next week! But everyone should still, of course, subscriber to The Nation!

Posted by Peter Rothberg on July 28, 2011 04:22 PM

I subscribed (on-line edition $18).

I'm not sure what I can add to it, but I keep thinking that bad public economic decision making (going deeper into debt without a clear payoff) has a cumulative negative effect on our collective well being.

The script seems pretty much the same whatever city you're speaking of.

Of course here in Santa Clara it feels particularly inexplicable as the 49ers aren't even "our" team to supposedly "lose".

Posted by SANTA CLARA JAY on August 1, 2011 11:47 PM

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