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HBO's John Oliver on Stadium Financing Fiascoes

by Alwyn Lansing / /

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver talked about stadium financing, which has long been a costly issue for taxpayers. Public funding for stadiums puts taxpayers on the hook for increasingly ostentatious venues with features such as swimming pools and fish tanks lining the perimeter of the field.

Oliver critiqued this use of taxpayer dollars, explaining, “stadiums very rarely revitalize the surrounding communities” and often hurt nearby businesses.