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Sports economics

John Oliver of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” turned to Professor Rob Baade for his input on how “dumb” it is for cities to finance sports stadiums.

“Sports teams are wealthy businesses with wealthy owners and they still get our help,” Oliver said on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.” 

In the segment, Oliver looked at the excesses of new stadiums, from snakeskin seats to a swimming pool that overlooks the playing field.  

Baade wrote the first article on the economics in sports some 20 years ago. “All other studies were built from that piece,” he said. Baade is the A.B. Dick Professor of Economics. The economics of sports is just one of his areas of expertise.

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