Doug-But the bigger point here is that professional sports is self-funding: it makes tons of money from advertising, ticket sales, etc. So in that sense it doesn’t need public funding. It’s like movies or most TV. It’s pure entertainment that people already pay for and that is in fact very highly lucrative to its owners. Putting public funding there just amounts to subsidizing some billionaire’s already-hefty paycheck.
I think that might go on in other “arenas”(pun intended) as well to varying degrees.