When you live in a world like this,
In the N.F.L.’s world, displays of principle and common economic sense are for chumps. Las Vegas and Nevada adopted the league’s preferred stance: They rolled belly up. Politicians raised taxes to provide a historic $750 million public subsidy.
This led to unremarked-upon cognitive dissonance in Las Vegas. Even as politicians increased taxes for stadiums, Clark County school officials voted last spring to increase public class sizes and to close a school for at-risk students. There was simply no money. “This is the last thing we ever want to do,” Linda Young, president of the school board, said at that time.
It’s a shame the school board did not build a football stadium, perhaps with a public school annex.
… is it really hard to understand why in most places the highest paid state employee is the college head football coach?
You almost feel like college presidents wish they could move their campuses so they could get in on some of that sweet bidding action for themselves.