chapter  7
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The Public Finance of Sports: Who Pays and Why?

One day in the late 1950s, Jack Newfield and Pete Hamill, both reporters for New York newspapers, discussed writing an article called “The Ten Worst Human Beings Who Ever Lived.” On a whim, each wrote the names of the three people he regarded as “the all-time worst” on a napkin. To their amazement, they had listed the same three names: Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Walter O’Malley.3