One of the few ways California governments are more reluctant to spend money than in other states is for professional sports stadiums. The state isn’t perfect. The new stadium for the Rams was granted a special CEQA exemption by the Legislature. And in 2015 the city of Sacramento floated $272 million in bonds for the Kings NBA team.
But it’s a big state. And in November San Diego voters turned down a subsidy for the Chargers of the NFL, who just announced they will pass their team up to L.A. and the Rams’ new stadium. Meanwhile, the NFL reportedly “cleared a path” for the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas after Oakland just said it would work to keep the team if the Vegas deal fell through. Rumor has it the Raiders just signed an elusive running back named Elvis.
The fact is the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL just play on fans’ loyalty to extract money from taxpayers. It’s billionaire owners and millionaire players extorting money from us. I call it the Pro Sports Ripoff.