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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Super Bowl Investment Not Looking So Super!

Feb 2, 2015

Neither the NFL, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, nor the Arizona Cardinals offered a Super Bowl ticket to Jerry Weiers, the mayor of Glendale, Arizona which is hosting this year’s game. It seems they didn’t consider Weiers a “team player” because he spoke out against the city spending two million dollars for Super Bowl security, while many of the related events are being held in downtown Phoenix and in Scottsdale.

The mayor has plenty of reason to not be so gung-ho on sports investment. The city lost 2.2 million dollars hosting the 2008 Super Bowl, and the mayor expects to lose two million more this year.

The city also paid out more than 140 million dollars, two-thirds of the cost, for the construction of a hockey arena for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, The Coyotes soon went bankrupt, and the city got stuck paying 50 million dollars to manage the arena and 225 million dollars to cover the arena’s operating costs for 15 years!

No matter who comes out victorious in the Super Bowl, it unfortunately looks like the biggest loser promises to be the city of Glendale and its residents.