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February 06, 2012
Super Bowl spawns stadium stories
The weekend of the Super Bowl — I understand that some team won by a guy accidentally falling on his butt for a touchdown, which is truly the greatest sports moment ever — brought with it a plethora of stadium stories at least tenuously connected to the big game. My personal favorite is the one about how nice the weather would be at the Super Bowl in New Jersey if only it were now instead of two years from now, but other highlights include:
- A Bloomberg News editorial noting that data show that public stadium financing almost never generates worthwhile economic benefits (complete with lots of links to actual studies), and arguing that "teams should shoulder the heaviest financial burden in any deal" and the public should be fully informed of the costs and benefits before voting on stadium subsidies.
- This followed on a Bloomberg article looking at how the Super Bowl probably won't do much for Indianapolis, despite the city trying to use the occasion to declare itself the "Epicenter of Awesome."
- An International Business Times article running down a bunch of random facts about random sports stadiums (most of them not even football stadiums), and illustrated with a photo of the old Yankee Stadium that it calls the new Yankee Stadium.
- Many, many articles about how Indianpolis is now the epicenter of awesome.
On balance, it was a pretty good run of pieces — at least it's better than regurgitating unsubstantiated claims about how much big sporting events bring to the local economy — even if we likely only got it because of Super Bowl-related search-engine-grubbing. Not that I'd know anything about that.