Video: John Oliver goes after publicly-funded stadiums


We’ve been having at publicly-funded ballparks for years here at HBT. Like the one the All-Star Game will be played in tomorrow and which has gone a long, long way toward ruining the finances of Hamilton County, Ohio.

John Oliver went after this in comprehensive fashion last night, hammering home the point that governments have no more business underwriting ballparks, stadiums and arenas than they have paying for shopping malls, bank offices or hotels. Sports teams are businesses just like those things, not public institutions, and they almost always operate at obscene profits and are owned by fabulously wealthy men or corporations. And, despite what any team owner or public official claims, there is virtually zero evidence that public investment in stadiums provides any public benefit. Rather, they just help the rich owners get richer.


Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).