Super Bowl Boomerang

Posted by on Monday, January 20, 2020 in National Football League, Sports Econ Blog.

Interview NPR/Miami:

I’m a reporter-producer with WLRN, the NPR member station in Miami. This year’s Super Bowl will be held here, and the NFL has made the environment a focus in the lead-up to the big game.
I’d like to consider this relationship for a possible audio feature story airing the week before the Super Bowl. An expert like Professor Vrooman could help me understand the NFL’s history in taking on issues like this and whether it goes far enough.
For example, how is climate change being specifically addressed – especially in a place like South Florida that’s seeing the impacts of sea-level rise? Another question is what local governments really gain financially and politically from hosting a Super Bowl.

The NFL has historically been “un-woke” like an ostrich with its head in the sand with respect to pressing social and environmental issues such as the imminent climate change crisis that threatens South Florida. 
The politically conservative League does engage in largely ceremonial efforts to portray an ostensibly “Green NFL” like the Oceans to Everglades partnership leading up to the coming Hard-Rock Super Bowl. 
The real impact of these self-promotion schemes is unfortunately limited to symbolically increasing public awareness rather than actually affecting the net negative environmental impact of the mega-event itself. In the end the Miami Super Bowl will generate considerably more CO2 than it saves, and that is the hidden boomerang nature of the climate crisis.
Here are a couple of interviews from the past that convey my thoughts on the zero-sum if not negative-sum economics of the SB. The negative-sum crowding-out argument is especially applicable to South Florida during the high tourism season January-February.
Behind the Shield. … Posted by John Vrooman on Monday, February 1, 2016 in National Football League.. Interview with AFP.. Graphs and Images – The NFL has experienced tremendous economic success but has been critized for its management of the CTE issue, domestic abuse cases and teams relocations.

Super Bowl Paradox. … Posted by John Vrooman on Monday, February 1, 2016 in National Football League.. General Super Bowl Statement 2/2016: Super Bowl profits The NFL post season is at best a break even financial proposition for the participating clubs.For all NFL post season games (including the SB) all of the gate and media revenue are divided evenly among 32 teams in league after modest …

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