Feb. 14 Stadiums and public dollars @ U. of Indianapolis
- From: Greta Pennell <gpennell@...>
First, I want to invite you to a talk that the University of Indianapolis
Honors College is sponsoring on Wed. Feb 14th at 7PM in Good Hall Room 105.
Rick Eckstein, author of Public Dollars Private Stadiums and professor at
Villanova University, will be giving a talk on the role local media play in
community battles over the alleged economic and social benefits of publicly
subsidized professional sports. Some of you will remember when Rick was
here two years ago with a very cogent analysis of the "deal" we were getting
to build the new Colts stadium. Many of his predictions have occurred and
now he's taking his research in a little different direction.
I'm also attaching a flyer to this e-mail and would appreciate any help you
can give in terms of getting the word out to progressive folks in town (or
the state) and anyone interested in this issue (even those who think public
dollars should be spent on stadiums).
If you have any questions about the talk please don't hesitate to contact
Hope to see you all there on the 14th.
Below is a short summary of his talk's focus:
Local media play a very important role in community battles over the alleged
economic and social benefits of publicly subsidized professional sports.
The local media's support for or skepticism toward, for example, a stadium
initiative, can have a significant impact on the initiative's success or
failure. When compared with other U.S. cities, the Indianapolis media has
been unflaggingly uncritical about the alleged community benefits from the
Colts' new stadium. This unwavering media support also extends to recent
discussions over the benefits of Indianapolis hosting a future Super Bowl.
This presentation will explore why the Indianapolis media is so
unflinchingly supportive of sports-based economic development and why it
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