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    This is the political climate that we live in today, and for which we all bear some responsibility. If you don't like it, the only recourse is to vote out the politicians who are giving money to the teams.

    On the flip side, when Heinz was built and the Steelers went from a team that couldn't financially compete (losing key free agents in the mid-late 90s) to a team that spends every last dime on player salaries, I don't think that many fans complained that public money was used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    This is the political climate that we live in today, and for which we all bear some responsibility. If you don't like it, the only recourse is to vote out the politicians who are giving money to the teams.

    On the flip side, when Heinz was built and the Steelers went from a team that couldn't financially compete (losing key free agents in the mid-late 90s) to a team that spends every last dime on player salaries, I don't think that many fans complained that public money was used.
    Are you saying the Rooney's don't make alot of money off the Steelers? That they own the Steelers merely for the love of it?

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    Every state competes with each other to try to lure private businesses to relocate. They offer all kinds of tax credits, exemptions and subsidies. This issue was decided long ago. Not much difference between that and building stadiums in which privately-owned teams can play.

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    It's ridiculous that tax payers get held hostage by pro sports franchises like this.

    Several studies have shown that pro sports franchises don't help the local economy. During lockouts, people who would have went to the game spend their disposable income somewhere else. Most people that go to the games are local, so they spend their money somewhere else local.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/201...tball-lockout/

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    This is why the public isn't smart enough to vote. Rich people get it, the more dummies that vote, the richer you'll get. Rock the vote

    These stadium deals are never in the public's best interest. Pittsburgh should tell the Rooney's to pound sand and head to LA.

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    The Steelers are probably one of the best ways the City of Pittsburgh can spend their tax dollars. The Steelers have brought more recognition to the city than any other marketing program they have ever tried. The scenes of the city that we see every game broadcast is a priceless advertisement for the city that is seen nationally and in some cases worldwide. It creates a positive image of the city which in turn can be leveraged to attract investment and corporate relocation.

    I'd like to know what other programs people opposed to funding the Steelers think the funds should go to. The city is notorious for wasting money on meaningless, feel good programs that accomplish nothing.
    Playing Fantasy Football does not qualify you to be the in the front office or on the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are professionals and you are not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    This is why the public isn't smart enough to vote. Rich people get it, the more dummies that vote, the richer you'll get. Rock the vote

    These stadium deals are never in the public's best interest. Pittsburgh should tell the Rooney's to pound sand and head to LA.
    Vote? lol for whom? The big government guy that calls himself a democrat? Or maybe the big government guy who calls himself a Republican? Maybe some of those crazy tea partiers? If somehow the US population wised up enough to put an independent or a libertarian in office...how effective would they be with our congress? Unfortunately, when you buy mass votes through different programs, there is about zero chance you could change the presidency let alone the Congress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    The Steelers are probably one of the best ways the City of Pittsburgh can spend their tax dollars. The Steelers have brought more recognition to the city than any other marketing program they have ever tried. The scenes of the city that we see every game broadcast is a priceless advertisement for the city that is seen nationally and in some cases worldwide. It creates a positive image of the city which in turn can be leveraged to attract investment and corporate relocation.

    I'd like to know what other programs people opposed to funding the Steelers think the funds should go to. The city is notorious for wasting money on meaningless, feel good programs that accomplish nothing.
    How about we lower taxes, stop funding ALL private business and allow people to use their new expendable income to bolster the economy. People cast their votes for which businesses should be there with their dollar. They subsidize good business because good businesses have a good model and product. Sounds just too easy eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinCole View Post
    Every state competes with each other to try to lure private businesses to relocate. They offer all kinds of tax credits, exemptions and subsidies. This issue was decided long ago. Not much difference between that and building stadiums in which privately-owned teams can play.
    Florida doesn't hesitate to give money and tax breaks to compnaies relocating or growing in the state. That is why the state actually has these things called jobs. Pittsburgh ought to consider the concept instead of looking at every business as a source of tax revenues to pay for their bloated, ineffective programs.
    Playing Fantasy Football does not qualify you to be the in the front office or on the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are professionals and you are not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    How about we lower taxes, stop funding ALL private business and allow people to use their new expendable income to bolster the economy. People cast their votes for which businesses should be there with their dollar. They subsidize good business because good businesses have a good model and product. Sounds just too easy eh?
    Florida = No State income tax. That is why people want to live here and work here and its growing and Pennsylvania remains stagnant.
    Playing Fantasy Football does not qualify you to be the in the front office or on the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are professionals and you are not!

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