Not Even Football is Immune From the Financial Crisis
People these days are staying in and watching movies instead of going out and spending money. Does that mean no more football games? Ben Casselman in the Wall Street Journal explores the problem of opening high-tech, luxury sports stadiums in a recession.
"In a case of monumentally bad timing," Casselman writes, "this year three of the biggest names in pro sports -- the Yankees, New York Mets and Dallas Cowboys -- are opening three of the most expensive stadiums ever built, filled with premium-priced seats and luxury amenities. At a combined cost of more than $3.5 billion, the stadiums were conceived and financed in a vastly different environment, a time when corporations and municipalities were flush with cash. Now they're opening just as corporate America is going through a massive belt-tightening -- and trying to avoid the appearance of extravagance at all costs."
Are these futuristic, luxury sports arenas going to be collecting dust like a Las Vegas McMansion or will America bounce back in time to enjoy our national pastimes—in luxury—again? Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A large new study uses an online game to inoculate people against fake news.
- Researchers from the University of Cambridge use an online game to inoculate people against fake news.
- The study sample included 15,000 players.
- The scientists hope to use such tactics to protect whole societies against disinformation.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
Many governments do not report, or misreport, the numbers of refugees who enter their country.
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