Test Your Knowledge: Which Baseball Teams Are Playing On Taxpayers’ Dime?

The smell of freshly cut grass, hot dogs and popcorn. The sound of foul balls, double plays and vendors. Baseball is back, and families around the country are headed to ballparks to welcome in the new season!

But amid the joy of Opening Day, there’s a dark secret: you may have helped pay for that stadium, even if you’ve never bought a ticket.

It’s called corporate welfare, and it is a process that allows wealthy team owners to use your tax dollars to fund their stadiums and projects.

Take the quiz to find out how lawmakers are using your tax dollars for ballparks.

The New York Yankees were recently valued at an estimated $3.7 billion. How much taxpayer money did they get to help build their new stadium?
$500 million
$860 million
$900 million
$1.2 billion

Correct!

Wrong!

The Atlanta Braves scored nearly $400 million in public funding for their new stadium. How old was the ballpark they were playing in when they started building the new one?
20 years old
45 years old
65 years old
80 years old

Correct!

Wrong!

Over the past 40 years, the Miami Marlins have scooped up an astounding amount of taxpayer dollars. How much money have lawmakers tossed their way?
$620 million
$1.5 billion
$2.4 billion
$1 trillion

Correct!

Wrong!

Lawmakers told residents the Texas Rangers’ new stadium would cost them $500 million. How much did one analysis say the stadium would wind up costing taxpayers over 30 years?
$1.9 billion
$1.7 billion
$1.2 billion
$500 million

Correct!

Wrong!

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Let’s be honest: It’s absurd that billionaire team owners get to use our tax dollars to build their stadiums. If you think teams should build their own stadiums, sign the petition opposing corporate welfare.

Author Generation Opportunity

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