Taking away state funding may not be a good idea

With craziness afoot in the National Football League, one state elected official in Louisiana has voiced his opinions about the New Orleans Saints receiving state funding in lieu of 10 players taking a knee for the national anthem.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA, does not pay rent to the state for the usage of both the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. Although both of the buildings were built and operated by the state, Benson does get to keep all revenue associated with ticket sales, concessions and anything generated by the games held there.

The Louisiana House Representative that voiced his opinions said through a statement issued through the New Orleans Times-Picayune that “Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy. I believe in the right to protest, but not at a taxpayer-subsidized sporting event. Do it on your own time. There are plenty of disabled children, elderly and veterans in this state that would appreciate the money.”

A study done shows that of the Saints’ $1.5 billion value, around $165 million comes from public money. Although there seems to be an issue here with public money for the high-profile business, using the anthem protest may not be the right way to go about getting it done.

If states like Louisiana would happen to be able to keep away the tax dollars from the Saints or Pelicans, it could spell big loss to a major tourist industry.  The loss in revenue could force others besides just the players from losing jobs. Concession workers, parking attendants and ticket takers could all face the potential risks of being cut do money issues.

The realization of this could definitely do more harm than good to both the cities and states who have professional franchises.

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