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    If You Love Creative Destruction, Then Cheer For McMahon’s New XFL

    Think the idea of a new XFL is folly? Think Vince McMahon is crazy? Think the XFL can’t possibly compete with the NFL? You may be right. It couldn’t the first time around. But in this really interesting piece at, Eric Boehm illustrates how the old XFL —…
    Donna Martinez, January 30, 2018
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    And What About That Baseball Stadium In High Point?

    Will taxpayers be ensnared in funding for a baseball stadium in High Point? Julie Tisdale, John Locke Foundation city and county policy analyst, discusses the latest developments in High Point’s plan. Tisdale offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.
    Donna Martinez, October 9, 2017
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    Publicly Financed Stadiums: Don’t Believe the Hype

    Bidding groups from Charlotte and Raleigh are hoping to snag a new Major League Soccer franchise when the MLS expands. JLF’s Julie Tisdale compares the two bids here. But importantly, she also points out that research runs contrary to the often heard narrative that publicly financed stadiums boost…
    Donna Martinez, August 11, 2017
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    MLS stadium Plans For Charlotte and Raleigh About to Flop?

    Mecklenburg County refuses to subsidize a stadium while Raleigh bid proposes stadium on state-owned land. Carolina Journal compares the two plans for the possible expansion of MLS into North Carolina. Details here.
    Donna Martinez, August 7, 2017
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    Public Financing of MLS Stadiums Warrants a Red Card

    Bids to bring major-league soccer to Charlotte or Raleigh offer a major contrast in the way taxpayers would be forced to help foot the bill. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report compares the proposals involving North Carolina’s two largest cities. “Large subsidies aren’t necessary to attract major-league sports,…
    Donna Martinez, August 4, 2017
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    Charlotte, Raleigh Groups Pursue Different Paths For New Pro Soccer Team

    Prospective owners are pushing competing plans to bring Major League Soccer to Charlotte or Raleigh. The Charlotte plan calls for taxpayers to foot the bill for most of the cost of a new stadium. Meanwhile, the Raleigh plan calls for private financing of a stadium that would sit on leased…
    Donna Martinez, July 31, 2017
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    Why Did the Women’s U.S. Open Refuse To Tee Up Controversy?

    Why is it the Women’s US Open stayed away from politics last weekend while other sports leagues have jumped in with two feet, willing to alienate some of their customers/fans? JLF Senior Vice President Jon Pritchett weighs in. The USGA, PGA & LPGA understand golf is a sport, not a…
    Donna Martinez, July 21, 2017
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    Save Your Seat For Monday, June 19 at JLF

    In this presentation, JLF’s Jon Pritchett and Duke University’s Ed Tiryakian will discuss how ESPN, the NCAA, FIFA, the IOC and other sports governing bodies, media partners and corporate leaders are trying to usurp federalism, competition, and common sense in order to advance progressive policies.
    Donna Martinez, June 13, 2017