State Representative Jeff Roorda has introduced legislation to coerce professional sports in the State of Missouri to change their rules by increasingin their respective sports.
Roorda, a Democrat from Jefferson County, filed a bill today that would bar state tax credits from going to professional sports teams in a league that does not place at least a one-year ban on athletes caught using steroids.
That would mean: No state breaks for the Cardinals, as well as the Royals, the Chiefs, the Rams, the Blues, the state’s minor league baseball teams, or pro soccer outfits…
“Since when in baseball is it four strikes and you’re out?” Roorda said in a statement today.
Never mind that in baseball, it is not one strike and you’re out either. Roorda obviously intends to highlight what he believes to be a weak steroid and doping policy in Major League Baseball.
But it also highlights the government’s “investment” in professional sports via(e.g. sales tax revenue and tax subsidies). Major League Baseball is not the only entity to benefit from the bigger, faster, stronger steroid-fueled performances.
The sales tax will raise $425 million over 25 years for the overhaul of the stadiums. The Royals will contribute another $25 million, the Chiefs $75 million and the state of Missouri $50 million in tax credits.
The State of Missouri has a long-term investment in the success of Major League Baseball. Is there a conflict of interest when the issue of?
“This bill attempts to send a message to Major League Baseball and to all other professional sports leagues that if they want to continue to ignore the problem that they have with steroids, that we’re not going to continue to underwrite their activities with tax dollars,” Roorda said.
How involved (taxpayer funds) should the government be in building stadiums for private sports teams? I’ve previously written about my distaste for; I also question whether the government should provide corporate welfare to professional sports leagues especially if the government has a problem with the widespread steroid use. Thoughts?