Verbal Vesuvius

In the old days, NFL owners were rich men who accepted the risk of losing money as the cost of doing business. Thanks to the popularity of the game, the NFL and its owners—with the collusion of politicians—have created what amounts to a risk-free business environment. According to Long’s data, a dozen teams received more public money than they needed to build their facilities. Rather than going into debt, they turned a profit.

The perfect example: Seven of every ten dollars spent to build CenturyLink Field in Seattle came from the taxpayers of Washington State, $390 million total. The owner, Paul Allen, pays the state $1 million per year in “rent” and collects most of the $200 million generated. If you are wondering how to become, like Allen, one of the richest humans on earth, negotiating such a lease would be a good start.

In New Orleans, taxpayers have bankrolled roughly a billion dollars to build then renovate the Superdome, which we are now supposed to call the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Guess who gets nearly all the revenues generated by Saints games played in this building? If you guessed all those hard-working stiffs who paid a billion dollars, you would be wrong. If you guessed billionaire owner Tom Benson, you would be right. He also receives $6 million per annum from the state as an “inducement payment” to keep him from moving the team.

That’s the same amount Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would pay each year in property taxes to Arlington, Texas, where his fancy new stadium is located. Except that Jones doesn’t pay property taxes because, like many of his fellow plutocrats, he’s cut a sweetheart deal with the local authorities.

Why Being a Football Fan Is Indefensible (via kenyatta)

Public funding of stadiums and arenas makes me so goddamn angry.

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memeguy-com:

Some signs exist because theyre practical Others have a hell of a story behind them

memeguy-com:

Some signs exist because theyre practical Others have a hell of a story behind them

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chadsuicide:

 dekkerphotography is bloody awesome. :) 

Female perfection

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nudityandnerdery:

gilmoure:

davidkendall:

…..if you’re ever looking around for Santa, he’s bound to show up here sooner or later….

Santa’s here?!!!

They’re getting ready for Shadowrun to be real.

nudityandnerdery:

gilmoure:

davidkendall:

…..if you’re ever looking around for Santa, he’s bound to show up here sooner or later….

Santa’s here?!!!

They’re getting ready for Shadowrun to be real.

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custat:

siphersaysstuff:

knight-of-tuxedo:

otakuforlifev2:

Oh god why?!!

Popeye the Sailor Moon

By the power of me spinach, I will pulveratize ya.

We have now reached the apex of evolution.

custat:

siphersaysstuff:

knight-of-tuxedo:

otakuforlifev2:

Oh god why?!!

Popeye the Sailor Moon

By the power of me spinach, I will pulveratize ya.

We have now reached the apex of evolution.

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bemusedlybespectacled:

liamgalgey:

Mike Wazowski joins the Avengers.

THOR’S HAMMER IS BLOCKING HIS FACE I AM DYING

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scolders:

if internet explorer is brave enough to ask you to be your default browser then you’re brave enough to ask that girl out

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“Harry then did something that was both very brave and very stupid.”
— Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (page 176) or as I like to call it: A summary of all seven Harry Potter books summed up in one sentence.  (via scribbledwriting)

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