Stadium Madness

It has been a bad year for sports venues. The Orange Bowl went boom. The Miami Arena imploded. Even the House that Ruth Built is no more.

Of course, at a time of economic Armageddon, we're building more. The Heat and Panthers already nailed us for a cool half-billion. FIU frittered away $50 million just to get started. And the Marlins are gonna stick taxpayers with a half-billion more.

Worse, all of the teams suck. The return is even worse than Freddie Mac or Bernie Mac or whatever it was before the government took over.

And hell, that's just the beginning. Face it — you got screwed.

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Illustrations by Mark Poutenis

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Tim Elfrink is an award-winning investigative reporter, the managing editor of the Miami New Times and the co-author of "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era." Since 2008, he's written in-depth pieces on police corruption, fatal shootings and social justice issues across South Florida. He's won the George Polk Award and has been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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