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If NFL comes back to L.A., will taxpayers end up paying for it?
If NFL comes back to L.A., will taxpayers end up paying for it?

Wrigley Field. Fenway Park. Yankee Stadium. These venerable sports stadiums were built and paid for by the professional teams that played in them during the early years of the 20th century. By the end of the century, however, billion-dollar franchises were routinely persuading cities and other municipalities to build them new arenas and renovate old ones at taxpayer expense. Teams argued that cities more than made up for the expense in the form of taxes, job creation and the multiplier effect. But studies showed that most of the jobs -- of which there were fewer than one would like -- paid poorly, such as minimum-wage workers selling concessions. Cities got fleeced; team owners lived...

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