I love to watch the NFL but that organization and its team owners are some of the worst cronies in the country. A huge portion of their teams' increase in net worth over the last 30 years has come from public funding of its stadiums. These NFL stadiums are used by their teams for 8 regular season games and at most 2 pre-season games a year, or for a total of about 30 hours a year. Taxpayers are being forced to buy buildings with a 0.3% occupancy.
St. Louis is the next to propose a taxpayer fleecing, proposing to spend $400 million before they have even paid off the enclosed stadium they built 20 years ago. What a farce.
Years and years ago I described this as an awful sort of prisoner's dilemma game. If governments colluded in a promise not to subsidize teams, we would still have NFL teams in roughly the same cities but without the billions of dollars in taxpayer money having been passed on to 32 billionaires.