Public Funding, Athletic Stadiums, State Government Spending


This Note discusses the background of the controversy surrounding the expenditure of public funds for athletic stadiums for use primarily by professional sports teams and discusses the analyses courts have developed to determine a project's legality and constitutionality. THis Note addresses the economic and policy issues involved in the expenditure of public funds in stadium projects, and suggests methods local authorities may use to prevent court challenges of these projects. This Note concludes by delineating the conditions that should be met in order for state governments to expend funds to acquire and maintain sports stadiums.



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