This is a tale that has been told across the country. Sports cronyism is all over the place.
(From Michigan Capitol Confidential)
But the question remains: Why is a cash-strapped city with crumbling roads and $700 million in unfunded retiree debt subsidizing a privately owned professional sports team?…
…“Politicians like these subsidies because they’re kind of fun and people are having a good time,” Douglas said, “Addressing pension liabilities is not fun.”