The House that Taxpayers Built: Exploring the Rise in Publicly Funded Baseball Stadiums from 1953 Through the Present

10 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2009  

Marc Edelman

City University of New York - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business; Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: Spring 2009

Abstract

This Article explains how MLB club-owners use their control over the market for premier, professional baseball to demand free public stadiums. Part I of this Article explains how the United States has moved from having just one publicly funded MLB stadium (pre-1950s) to having over twenty-five publicly funded stadiums (present). Part II shows how, in recent years, MLB club-owners have continued to demand more money from their host cities and how host cities generally succumb to MLB club-owners’ demands.

Keywords: stadium subsidies, publicly funded stadiums, sports law, sports economics, antitrust, sports, law, baseball, baseball stadiums, subsidy, monopoly

JEL Classification: A10, A12, A14, C70, D21, H20, H23, H41, H50, K11, K21, L12, L40, L41, L43, L51,L52, L83, R50, R51

Suggested Citation

Edelman, Marc, The House that Taxpayers Built: Exploring the Rise in Publicly Funded Baseball Stadiums from 1953 Through the Present (Spring 2009). Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 16, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1445036

Marc Edelman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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