NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough

by Michelle Malkin

Taxpayers at all levels of government have foot the bill for football stadiums to the tune of an estimated $1 billion every year.
Taxpayers at all levels of government have foot the bill for football stadiums to the tune of an estimated $1 billion every year.
Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

U.S.A.-( I'm calling foul on all the leftists rushing to protect the NFL's protest crusaders from President Donald Trump's criticism of their national anthem antics.

Their shabby line of defense? The NFL is a “private enterprise” whose “rights” are being violated by those who dare to challenge the league's political radicalization. The anti-Trump Democratic Coalition has even filed an ethics complaint alleging that the president's comments constitute a criminal violation against using government offices “to influence the employment decisions and practices” of a private entity.

Funny. These fair-weather friends of corporate free speech and the First Amendment were nowhere to be found when Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were vowing to shut down Chick-Fil-A in their towns as government retaliation against the founders' private religious beliefs.

As for the NFL's status as a “private” enterprise? That's some Super Bowl-sized audacity right there. I first started tracking publicly subsidized sports boondoggles with my very first watchdog website, Porkwatch, back in 1999. Since then, taxpayers at all levels of government have foot the bill for football stadiums to the tune of an estimated $1 billion every year.

Over the past decade, new tax-supported NFL stadiums rose up for the Indianapolis Colts (the $720 million Lucas Oil Stadium), the Dallas Cowboys (the $1.15 billion AT&T Stadium) the New York Jets and Giants (the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings (the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium), the Atlanta Falcons (the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium), and the San Francisco 49ers (the $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara).

The Indianapolis Colts built the new and tax supported, Lucas Oil Stadium for $720 million.
The Indianapolis Colts built the new-tax supported, Lucas Oil Stadium for $720 million.

Next in the works: a whopping $2.6 billion stadium for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams and a $1.9 billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders when they move to Las Vegas. Left behind? An $83 million taxpayer debt on two-decade-old renovations to the Alameda County Coliseum that the Raiders are abandoning.

Both political parties have supported massive redistribution of taxes from working people to the gridiron's spoiled 1-percenters. Public-private sports palace boosters employ the same bogus economic development math as the federal government's infamous Solyndra green energy loans, stimulus rip-offs and jobs programs. Citizens are promised an enormous multiplier of jobs and benefits in return for their “investments.” But instead they've been saddled with a field of schemes.

Sports economists have concluded repeatedly that the effects of stadium subsidies on employment and economic activity are negligible — or even negative. Scott Wolla of the St. Louis Federal Reserve reported earlier this year, “In a 2017 poll, 83 percent of the economists surveyed agreed that ‘Providing state and local subsidies to build stadiums for professional sports teams is likely to cost the relevant taxpayers more than any local economic benefits that are generated.'”

Yet, the NFL, its teams and its sponsors continue to benefit from a bonanza of tax-free loans, municipal bonds, rent waivers and property tax exemptions. Congress provided the league with an antitrust exemption that protects its monopoly broadcasting rights. Localities have raided “emergency” funds to help pay for stadium construction. And corporate benefactors write off their expenses for luxury boxes, tickets and naming-rights purchases.

As long as the NFL has its hog noses buried in the taxpayer trough, I'll keep speaking up about all the football militants who backed former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and his disgusting cops-as-pigs socks.

You wanna raise your fists on the field? Get your grubby hands out of our pockets first.

About: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is host of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” on As well as the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

  • 13 thoughts on “NFL Pigskins at the Public Trough

    1. Michelle always has the best interest for America. The ” OVERPAID ANIMALS ” need a lesson in respect. I want watch the goons play ball.

    2. The NFL no longer exists to me…. AND what right does Mike Tomlin have to belittle Villanueva (3 tour ARMY Ranger) for being the ONLY Steeler with BALLS to stand with his hand on his heart during the National Anthem while the rest of them cowered in the tunnel as per Tomlins orders… Tomlin needs to go work for his hero Obama, and take his tunnel rats with him.

        1. @Rock. Yep. The Nam connection was the first thing that came to my mind when I read your comment.
          I get what you mean, but the term Tunnel Rat already has a provenance.

          Boots on the ground, but luckily not in a tunnel.

    3. Amen, Amen and Amen.
      My family stopped watching NFL football last year after the Colin Kaepernick episode. So have several of my neighbors. Frankly, we haven’t missed it at all. Funny thing, we occasionally shop at Goodwill stores and have noticed an increase in the number of NFL jerseys showing up on the racks. NFL authorized gear for $4. Now that’s priced right…..unlike the cost of tickets, concessions, etc.

    4. My family will not watch any NFL games this year and if just half of those who pay to go to these games would quit paying, maybe the message would start to show up that we are not paying you multimillion dollar cry babies to slam America and our vets and the fans that pay for your lousy attitude.
      They disrespect the very things that allow them to even live in America. Without a doubt those that believe they have it so bad need to move to Russia, Syria, Iraq, Africa or Iran and then disrespect their flag and homeland.
      See how much freedom they will have after just one of their selfish self centered stunts.

      1. Well said! And to go one more step, do not buy any products from those companies who advertise during the games. Difficult, but it can be done.

      2. Oh, and I have seen first-hand how blacks in eastern Africa live. Believe me when I say that even the poorest blacks in this country are wealthy by comparison.

    5. Because our Liberal Elected Officials say they can .
      Next It Will Be on ALL Sports ! Glad I don’t watch any .
      If it Happens at the Olympics, any metal winners need to ,
      have their metals stripped on the condition they weren’t ,
      representing their country honorably .
      I might watch the Army/Navy game Ya won’t see that crap there !!!

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