I’ve long been annoyed that taxpayers pay for such non-essential things as entertainment. Sports is entertainment, just like TV, movies, plays, concerts, and the like. It’s a nice perk for a City, perhaps, but not necessary. Why do taxpayers have to pay for this? Teams renegotiate contracts constantly, never seem to keep the agreed upon terms-always ask that taxpayers finance improvements or the team may go elsewhere. My city already wastes plenty of many luring other wealthy businesses by offering ridiculous incentives to come here-and taxpayers end up paying even if they never benefit from the business. Some of these deals are completely shady too. One entertainment arena here was funded by taxpayer money at least partially, but we are not allowed to know who or what use the venue’s luxury suites. I feel we have that right, if we are paying for the arena. There were also few bids on this project, and it appears the winner did not even provide what their contract had proposed-at least not for the cost agreed to. I am very tired of financing businesses who can easily afford to build their own offices, stadiums, campuses, etc. Let the teams or leagues pay to build, and make money back from actual ticket buyers. Let sports loving private entities fund these facilities if they want to, and let them have private anonymous luxury suites as part of the deal if desired. If the team wants improvements, they can pay and pass it on to the users. No more taxpayer money should be wasted on frivolous entertainment until we have funded more important things such as roads, sewers, education, emergency services, and disaster recovery/preparation. Help fight mental illness and substance abuse, assist homeless humans and animals. Want to pay for sports? How about boosting youth basketball or other sports for inner city youths who are cant afford to go to pro games, and who are not given many attractive free options for positive activities when not working or at school. I’d rather help give kids a chance to play sports than fund wealthy corporations to build pro stadiums.