BUH BUH...MY FOOTBAW! TEH JAGZ R SO IMPORTANT! DON'T U KNO HOW MANY FORTUNE 1 MILLION BUSINESSES COME HERE JUST CUZ WE GOT TEH JAGZ?!!? STICK 2 SPORTS
YEAH TEH GATAS ARE THE ONLY FOOTBAW WORTHY OF SHOUTED CAPS AND SWITCHING NUMBERS 4 WORDS BEC4USE NO SCAMS IN COLLE6E FOOTBAW AND ONLY SOPHISTICATED SMART F4NS. TEBOOOOOOOOOOW
Pretttttty sure my tax dollars aren't making the billionaire owners of the Gators (or the Dawgs, or the Noles) more rich.
The NFL is kleptocracy. Pure and simple. Tax dollars enriching billionaires at the expense of the poor. And then they gauge you on tickets, food, drink etc. It's why I dont really give a shit about the Jags and laugh when they lose. They're a drain on us. All academic studies prove this. But, as I have said ad nauseum on this website, no one fucking cares because football.
Ad nauseum, you got that right.
Just because you don't care for professional football does not make the NFL a kleptocracy. The market dictates that if Jacksonville taxpayers do not subsidize the Jaguars, the Jaguars will no longer exist in Jacksonville. If the people of Jacksonville want the Jaguars, they aren't stupid for supporting public financing of stadium improvements. They are allocating their tax dollars toward something they value. So cut the HURR DURR FOOTBAW shit.
And it's gouge. They GOUGE you on concessions because you are a captive audience inside the stadium, but they GAUGE demand and set ticket prices based on that. Of course, they also allow you to bring in outside food, so they aren't even very good at gouging you. HURR DURR.
Ummmm, pretty sure actual Jaguars fans make up a minority of the population and, given an actual choice, they would vote for things that benefit them, not a billionaire. But, they aren't given that choice-- probably because power brokers know they'd lose.
And, man, way to sock it to me over-- in a rush-- riting gauge instead of gouge. Really nailed me their.
I'll assume you were in a rush in 'riting' this as well, and move right past that. I was trying point out that ticket prices aren't gouged, they're set based on what people are willing to pay. Food prices can't actually be gouged, because fans are permitted to bring in outside food. Beer prices are gouged, granted, but it's still far cheaper to drink at a Jags game than at a Gator game, where you have to give $12,000/year for the privilege.
It would be interesting to see the Jaguars continued existence in Jacksonville put to a vote. Your argument of corporate welfare and spending money to benefit a billionaire would no doubt be the rally of Jagsxit campaign. I think the Remain campaign would likely center on civic pride, private investment in things like an amphitheater, a waterfront Four Seasons hotel, athletic trainers in Duval County Schools, the Barnett Building redevelopment, not to mention the very real economic impact of the singular entity in this city that is identifiable beyond Clay County. I think the people of Jacksonville will make the right choice.
Further, just because some fans wants the Jags doesnt mean my tax dollars should go to corporate welfare for a billionaire whose yacht is nicer than 90% of the homes in the quad-county area. If those fans want to subsidize the stadium, then so be it. Don't short change my roads, schools, etc* for a building to be used 10 times a year to showcase shitty football.
* insert meaningless argument about "but but but, the hotel tax pays for it!" nonsense.
This is fine. You can vote for candidates who oppose public spending on stadium improvements, and feel really good about yourself when that big yacht docks someplace else and its owner can spend his money there instead of here. That's totally up to you.
In the meantime, I'm not going to lose any sleep over spending on the stadium somehow coming at a cost for bridge and road maintenance in this town. Do you even drive around here? Let's recap current projects, recently completed projects, or projects soon to begin: Overland Bridge, Fuller-Warren/shared-use path, 9-B, 295 express lanes, State/Union street resurfacing, San Marco streetscape, JTB/I-95 interchange, whatever they're doing out by Regency Square... the list goes on and on and on. There does not appear to be any shortage of funds for any of these.
As for education expenditures, Duval County spends about $9k/student, or roughly $2k more per student than the state's top district and Duval's immediate neighbor to the south: St. Johns County. So whatever problems plague DCPS can't be attributed to funds that got spent on scoreboards instead of whiteboards, I don't think.
So, again, if you don't want your tax dollars to subsidize the NFL then you can vote for representatives in city government who share that point of view. If those people don't get elected, and it's still really bothering you, then the list of cities where this sort of thing doesn't happen is more than 19,000 lines long.