A goal of NFL fanatic Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's is to bring the Super Bowl to the Mile High City — and steps are being made to do just that. The Denver Broncos and Visit Denver in late August submitted an application to the NFL's Super Bowl Advisory Committee to bid to host the event in 2018, 2019 or 2020. Read the Denver Post article HERE. Our special guest is journalist Neil deMause. He is the author of several books including Field of Schemes : How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit (co-authored with Joanna Cagan). The book is a play-by-play account of how the drive for new sports stadiums and arenas drains $2 billion a year from public treasuries for the sake of private profit. While the millionaires who own sports franchises have seen the value of their assets soar under this scheme, taxpayers, urban residents, and sports fans have all come out losers, forced to pay both higher taxes and higher ticket prices for seats that, thanks to the layers of luxury seating that typify new stadiums, usually offer a worse view of the action. Neil has also testified before Congress on the politics and financing of sports stadiums. Neil deMause is a book, magazine, and newspaper journalist based in Brooklyn. He is currently a contributing editor to City Limits, a regular writer and editor for the Village Voice, and a frequent contributor to Extra!, Slate, and numerous other publications. He also had a six-year run as a question writer for Trivial Pursuit. Field of Schemes also has its own website, with regular news updates from the stadium wars.
Western Resource Advocates President Karin Sheldon is David's special guest to talk about Colorado Gives Day 2012 and about WRA. Colorado Gives Day is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank. Colorado Gives Day will take place during a 24 hour period on Tuesday December 4th. Donations will be accepted through givingfirst.orgwith a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting hundreds of non profits. Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is a non-profit environmental law and policy organzation. With offices in seven states (Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming and Idaho), they have developed strategic programs focusing in three areas: Water, Energy and Lands. Each of their programs is committed to curtailing climate change. Ms. Sheldon became Executive Director of WRA in 2007. For fourteen years prior, she was Professor of Law, Associate Dean for the Environmental Law Program, and Director of the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. Her areas of specialty are natural resources and environmental law, in particular federal land management, wildlife conservation, water resources allocation, and watershed management and protection. Before joining the faculty at Vermont Law School, Ms. Sheldon was President of the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., a staff attorney with EarthJustice in Colorado, a partner in a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., and one of Ralph Nader's original "raiders." Her work included efforts on behalf of environmental organizations and Native American tribes on issues of mining and oil and gas development, endangered species protection, and federal reserved water rights. To donate to Western Resource Advocates on Colorado Gives Day visit this website.