Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has come out strong against taxpayer-financed corporate welfare in SportsWorld.

Earlier this week, Abercrombie called it “so stupid” that his state is paying the NFL $4 million per year to host the NFL’s Pro Bowl game instead of using that money for the education of Hawaii’s young people.

“You can’t do things like give 4 million bucks to a $9 billion football industry and not give any money to children,” said Abercrombie.  “You’ve got this spectacle of these multimillionaires and billionaires out there arguing about how they’re going to divide it up, and then they come ask us to bribe them with $4 million to have a scrimmage out here in paradise.”

The first-year Democratic governor said the NFL can take the game back to the mainland if it continues to require Hawaii to pay to keep it on the islands.

“We’ve got to get our values straight and our priorities straight,” said Abercrombie.

The League of Fans has called for a halt to corporate welfare in professional sports, including taxpayer-financed stadiums.

— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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