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  •  a few points of clarification... (25+ / 0-)

    ...the current stadium (the Carrier Dome) also received state funding. That's not really all that unusual, considering that many sports venues throughout the U.S., whether they are private or public, receive public money sometimes.

    However, as someone who happens to live in the Syracuse area and who has been following this, Syracuse University, like many, if not most, private universities, is well endowed. Very well endowed.

    And it's the thing in the next to the last paragraph above that has a lot of local folks a little miffed...the fact that Syracuse University hopes (expects would probably be more the word) to get taxpayers to help pay for any new stadium should one be build (a final decision hasn't yet been made), but that the University, which has all kinds of money available at its fingertips and could easily pay for it themself, has refused to make public the feasibility study which was paid for in part by taxpayer dollars.

    It's the height of arrogance.

    •  The feasibility study (2+ / 0-)
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      was paid for, in part, by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is funded by a hotel tax. So while it may have been tax dollars, it was highly likely that those were dollars from non-Syracuse residents, not from locals.

    •  Better it should do what the University of Chicago (7+ / 0-)

      did back in 1939 and abolish football. It's since returned but to say it's very minor is an understatement. No one goes to the University of Chicago for football. My sisters and I were sitting in a restaurant next to a family checking out the university over the holidays, and they were asking us questions about where to go and what to do in Chicago but they did not ask us about football.

      (Robert Hutchins, the president who abolished football, also abolished fraternities and religious groups, saying he wanted to do away with anything that distracted from academics. I don't know if there are fraternities now but there sure are religious groups. I picked up the U of C Maroon over Christmas and they were debating the issue of who should be allowed to speak at Hillel and from what I gathered their was a schism in Hillel there that negatively impacted their annual latke v. hamentashen debate.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 02:25:37 PM PST

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      •  You've got Northwestern (1+ / 0-)
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        But I don't recall it being a football palace.

        •  I dunno. I never made it to NW (0+ / 0-)

          I tried to transfer between my sophomore & junior year but being at the peak of the baby boom, they were short on housing and you couldn't get in if you were from the greater Chicago area. So I went back to That Which Must Not Be Named, my undergrad alma mater which I am feuding with because they started a football team about 7 or 8 years ago, a flagrant waste of resources for a liberal arts college with only slightly more than 1,000 students.

          There is only ONE school in Ohio that makes money on sports: THE OSU. All the rest have no justification for spending money on them. Tiny private schools are really squandering their resources. They're laughably uncompetitive with football factories like THE OSU.

          Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

          by anastasia p on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:44:36 PM PST

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      •  Football's not the big sport (0+ / 0-)

        at Syracuse. Basketball is.

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