None of the cities were Mudville.
Sports crony capitalism is ubiquitous across the country. Stadium after stadium the boondoggles sprout like crony weeds.
Every one of those dollars could have gone elsewhere—to city services like police, or to schools, or to tax cuts to attract businesses to Camden.
When the city tried to get the team to pay more towards the cost of maintaining the stadium, the Riversharks’ owners balked, then bailed.