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Denis Dooley (1 день назад)
Come on John, quit using "beg the question" wrong, try maybe "it prompts the question." "Begging" the question means something else (petitio principii).
Jerry Lyu (2 дня назад)
Well the China story could very well be true just because Yi played for them...
Goofy Bri (3 дня назад)
Well it could be argued that people need a healthy outlet for all the crap they put up with in their miserable lives, so why not have the government kick in for something that has therapeutic effects.
Commander wow (3 дня назад)
"timed forest ponies with sticks on their heads." love that line.
Mike Crooks (4 дня назад)
This video came out a day ago
Kilo Mintoni (5 дней назад)
George W. Famously stuck Texans will the bill for the Rangers stadium.
regina jerusalemsky (6 дней назад)
Aand then you realize that.. auuhh it's STILL GETS DOWN TO RICH PEOPLE STEALING FROM EVERYONE ELSE.. well then.. that's America for ya
regina jerusalemsky (6 дней назад)
Only that..if before this episode you've watched that episode of student athletics getting less than nothing and being used and abused.. how can complain about the ones that made it not wanting to get back at the society that did this to them first?
Vittoria Radesi (8 дней назад)
Well the charges rams and Raiders have all officially left
K H (8 дней назад)
Selling the naming rights was in Madden 05 haha
Matthew Arnold (8 дней назад)
Fuck you spanos
Devan McClaine (8 дней назад)
Taser, taser, taser
Devan McClaine (8 дней назад)
Nobody has ever said "let's go hang out near the stadium?" I can't speak to the economic benefits, but stadiums have rejuvenated various areas. San Francisco and Detroit come to mind. Both areas were complete shit holes before. Should stadiums be funded by taxpayers? No. But plenty of areas are now desirable to come to because of stadiums.
Steven Sok (9 дней назад)
Sports lol
Rayray Schnapps (11 дней назад)
Im skeptical of the claims they dont increase tax revenue. I just dont know of a mechanic where the revenue of the team goes up without an increase in sales and property tax revenue.
Ben Savage (11 дней назад)
CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CAN'T LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christoph (12 дней назад)
What was Ashley Olsen doing when Mary-Kate Olsen was in her hobo phase? (Hint: It's a trick question.)
Frank Bowman (12 дней назад)
Sport is embarrassing. How can people laugh at LARPers and Trekkies and and other goofy enthusiasts, yet consider sports fans to be cool or reasonable? You people are sad! These are kids' games. Let kids enjoy them, and stop being hypnotized and robbed by these trivial distractions. Grow up!
biscuits McSploosh (12 дней назад)
Arizona shitnags
Happy Joe Lucky (14 дней назад)
John; a deer would fuck you up
Isaac Roebuck (16 дней назад)
3:39 *IT'S DAVID WALLACE*
mester Manchester (16 дней назад)
No promotion /relegation?. That's not capitalism, it's dictatorship. In the rest of the world you build your own stadium. Irony.!!!
Chris Seastrand (18 дней назад)
HOW DARE YOU! LITTLE CEASER'S CRAZY BREAD IS THE BEST!
Agent Washingtub (18 дней назад)
Sports: Something about which I know quite a bit, and in which I compete quite well
Tyrone Shuze (19 дней назад)
"A coked up Willie Wonka." So..just Willie on any given day then.
Flamestripe6 (19 дней назад)
Is it just me or did he actually pull off that rap? o.O
CASTLE (21 день назад)
3:41 He be looking like David Wallace woke up way too late...
David I Quiroz (22 дня назад)
This is the problem with democracy, when the majority makes an objectively poor decision there is no way to change that.
randomperson8571 (25 дней назад)
I thought he was going to do the rap song tbh LOL (not him specifically but I thought they were going to crank out a video)
Conchita Reyes (26 дней назад)
This is total 'Crony Capitalism" !! Or a kind of twisted socialism.
Uncle Ice (26 дней назад)
I love how all last week tonight videos dont have ad breaks
shayle larue (27 дней назад)
man wtf
Allan K (28 дней назад)
it wasn't the bucks team that demanded they get a new stadium or move, it was the nba that threatened to relocate them.
Bthsr71 (29 дней назад)
From what I've seen, you are supposed to say taser three times, if it's not field work.
Joey Collins (30 дней назад)
This number two rapper angle he's going for needs to garb himself in silver and get a silver grill rather then gold.
Richard Sanchez (30 дней назад)
Crazy. All 3 of those teams have moved
Griffin (30 дней назад)
I wouldn’t say that Andrew Garfield was *good* Spider-Man.
William Dressler (1 месяц назад)
Don’t diss on my boi Tom Holland
M.Linoge (1 месяц назад)
So you get bad education and shit healthcare in exchange for the privilege of watching millionaires give each other brain damage a few times per year in a state of the art arena instead of just a field. Sweet deal......
M.Linoge (1 месяц назад)
“Two things only the people anxiously desire — bread and circuses.” - Roman satirical poet Juvenal (circa A.D. 100) The Latin panem et circenses (bread and circuses) identifies the only remaining interest of a Roman populace which no longer cares for its historical birthright of political involvement. It marked the decline of an empire. Perhaps history is repeating itself.
Pēteris Krišjānis (1 месяц назад)
Sports is unfortunately best way how to keep populous from burning capitalism to the ground.
Vador Aid (1 месяц назад)
Wow! I had no idea. How dumb is the city council approving this.
Mahammadou Tunkara (1 месяц назад)
People are retarded and it’s scaring me
Shalu Nah (1 месяц назад)
God l love this show.
Stephen Hodgson (1 месяц назад)
The problem America has is that there are so few professional sports teams. As a result the closed shop that exists for teams can make it easy for the owners to make these threats. The fans then panic because the distances they will have to travel to support their team are huge and the cost prohibitive. In England for example there are 92 professional football clubs in a country smaller in area than California. If a club threatened to move in England unless they got a new stadium built by the council they would be laughed at. Like all things in life when there is a scarcity the cost goes up. Maybe if the cities in the US when threatened by a sports team said instead, "fine move but we will found a new team for the city and use the profits to fund other facilities in the city. And if you don't give us access to the league we will launch an anti trust case against you." I just wonder how many teams owners would suddenly have a change of heart. If you think the chances of a city winning such a case would be small there is already a legal precedent in place against the NFL on the statute books.
j b (1 месяц назад)
wait the coyotes have fans
Kasun Hettige (1 месяц назад)
Do the Packers use Tax Money? I'm just curious because I was told that franchise is different to the others. I'm new to football.
Akbar, Allard Freichmann (1 месяц назад)
People are so easy be fooled.
Fred Martinez (1 месяц назад)
lol
Luluș Ione (1 месяц назад)
Disagree. Tom Holland is so much better :)
Jo2936 (1 месяц назад)
America is fucked. Even before Donald Trump.
larryjohnny (1 месяц назад)
Is there really that much difference between being number one and being number two.. Funny rap about being number two...They're both better than three! 11:15 also very funny and true!
George (1 месяц назад)
John Oliver is one of the last few comedians of our time. Most of these other talk show hosts and self-titled "comedians" are minstrels, paid to dance for billionaires. Keep challenging the status quo John, cheers 🍻
Charlie Wolf (1 месяц назад)
They pull that same scam here in Australia. We are about to demolish and rebuild the 2000 Sydney Olympics Stadium and site, costing NSW Taxpayers Billions. It is huge and not even twenty years old. Rebuild and for what? People just bend over and take it without lube. Unforgivable!
Declan Conroy (1 месяц назад)
If I lived in Cincinnati I'd support a tax break to encourage the Bengals to leave town and never return.
bcunning86 (1 месяц назад)
Replace the word 'revenue' and the word 'income' with the word 'money'. Does it sound the same?
Steve Cooper (1 месяц назад)
#makeathreat
Steve Cooper (1 месяц назад)
no one cares
Stacy Ely (1 месяц назад)
So glad I live in Wisconsin, where the Green Bay Packers, our football team, and the stadium are owned by the city. When Lambeau Field needed some work, the public bought shares of $250 each, making everyone with one of those shares an owner. Which sounds really cool when you say it out loud.
Clara Helfmann (1 месяц назад)
Wow. I actually got goosebumps at the end.
MisterZ (1 месяц назад)
18:50 Underbutt, you're welcome!
chrisoconnelldotnet (1 месяц назад)
As someone in L.A. who's lived all over the place, I find it so hilarious that sports teams threaten to move here. With the exception of the Lakers and sometimes the Kings, compared to literally everywhere else in the US, people here don't give a crap about sports.
Robert Bonneau (1 месяц назад)
They should do more to customize the so very fake laugh track.
CaptHiltz (1 месяц назад)
Well, the Twins didn't leave but for the most part put out shitty teams season after season but they got a new stadium that my fellow tax payers and I almost completely bank rolled. The Twins will continue to suck as long as the Polad family owns them. The other sucky thing now is I dropped cable about 5 years ago because it was expensive and repetitious. The Twins used to be on one of the local channels but now you have to have cable to view the games. Needless to say, I haven't watched a Twins game in that time period. I miss it even when they suck. Each year I get more and more sickened and frustrated by professional sports, more specifically the team's greedy bastard owners.
Stephen Cotton (1 месяц назад)
Yes you have to say taser three times - it is a safety rule. They got to know you are going to juice them...
Stephen Cotton (1 месяц назад)
There is one reason a Chinese player is hired to play on a US team. So the US team can sell merchandise to Chinese fans... And this is a consideration in many sports - hiring Chinese players or Japanese players to get fans in China or Japan. The same happens in baseball. And the same happens in soccer/football in Europe. The hire players from Asia to get fans from Asia... to sell merchandise in Asia. Not to say that those players are less talented than the other players - but it is a big consideration for GM's of teams.
Matt Reed (1 месяц назад)
Did the Great Wall guy ever consider that, if he was indeed wearing that shirt, maybe the Chinese guy just understood Latin characters and, you know, read it?
Bradden Scott (1 месяц назад)
Tobey sucked as Spidey, he was a good Peter Parker though.
PositiveSarcasm (1 месяц назад)
The coyotes ain't even good lmao
Léo Pinchart (1 месяц назад)
Man i love this John Oliver, he's absolutly insane
EdugeBDroN (1 месяц назад)
If only trumpvoters gave Oliver a chance he may save the 6 neurons they have left
James Guilford (1 месяц назад)
There is nothing public can not afford as long as the wealthy elite will be the primary benefactors. Of course the inverse is true if the public will be the primary benefactors. Socialism only works for the wealthy ! It is past time to bring this crap to an end, but my money says that we will not.
haha clintondix (1 месяц назад)
For once i agree with john Oliver! No more crony capitalism, no more public spending on private stadiums.
grodhagen (1 месяц назад)
That smug owner in Florida clearly revels in screwing the taxpayer.
Christine Still (1 месяц назад)
That wasn't even MILWAUKEE they high lighted. Damn, do the ad ppl know where it is?
eastwing329 (1 месяц назад)
That entitled bitch from Arizona infuriates me. You tased the fucking mayor!
Miguel Constantine (1 месяц назад)
GO JAGS
Charbax (1 месяц назад)
Taxes should pay for stadiums, but tickets to attend the games should be cheap and available to all locals and visitors who are fans of the sport. Teams should probably also be owned by local Governments so when they perform well, the locals actually earn money from the success of the team.
Pēteris Krišjānis (1 месяц назад)
It almost surprises how it is not a thing, right?
Evan Vandermeer (1 месяц назад)
Charbax Communist!!! Jk i agree.
☣ Tsjernobylol ☣ (1 месяц назад)
some high ranking officials have such a ignorant and childisch way of reasoning... That mayor and his Minnesota Bucks appeal... fuck me dead! Just retarded....
George Marros (1 месяц назад)
A team that switch cities for new stadium is a team not worth supporting. Just imaging real Madrid move to barcelona. Are you kidding? Fuck them let them go
20thCenturyPox (1 месяц назад)
The collapse of civilisation is proceeding on schedule
Proteus TG (1 месяц назад)
Free Capitalism at its finest.
vampirehunterme (1 месяц назад)
Wasn't the only team against this bs the buffalo bills?
Northern Lighting (1 месяц назад)
America is a crazy country a country that uses its population in wars then throw them out to die in ptsd and other war related illness yet they claim they worship their veterans The country uses migrants in war in the promise of citizenship and as soon as they are back they are deported They take the money from the public funding and use it to bail banks and large financial institutions while the average joe is thrown out of his home the moment they default It’s a crazy bat shit country yet the average iq of the American public is not larger than an ape Ask any American who is the Kardashian’s they know them all by heart as them who is Edison or Swan or. Einstein etc they won’t know any ask any American who is Tesla they would say it’s a car The truth is if you are a politician in USA and your average public is as dumb as a stick you will take advantage of the stupid masses
Ayélé Mensah (1 месяц назад)
“Second Most” the new single by The Lonely Island featuring John Oliver
Charles Peckham (1 месяц назад)
'Raises the question' not 'begs the question.'
Bruce Brooker (2 месяца назад)
Sure thing. Get public $ to build your stadium, then slap your stupid corporate moniker all over it.
Michael Hall (2 месяца назад)
I live in Japan and if China is anything like Japan, the citizens could very well all know who the Bucks are.
IcemanX (2 месяца назад)
San Diego isn't#2 it's actually the 8th largest city in the US. By population according to a study done in March of 2018
Jarrett Allen (2 месяца назад)
Lol it’s never going to stop
p s (2 месяца назад)
I grew up in Cleveland, and Art Modell did take the Browns and go to Baltimore because we would not build a new stadium. It devastated the downtown area. The city ended up building new venues for the Cavs, Indians, and a new Browns team they lured in. Now they all want updating. The Indians and Cavs are somewhat respectable, but the poor Browns are the Browns. But the city loves them all, and it does bring money into the downtown area, which had suffered from urban flight. Our downtown is more vibrant. Our public schools are probably the worst in the nation. I think the deals should include that the teams have to give back a percentage of profits to fund the schools. But that doesn’t fix bad school management and administration and misappropriation of funds. I say this as a retired teacher.
Mike Morrison (2 месяца назад)
As a Braves fan....wait, make that a FORMER Braves fan (they have a new stadium this year, when their previous one is a little over half my age), I have great respect for the Cubs and Red Sox. And some respect for the team I used to hate: The Yankees.
Mark Bilger (2 месяца назад)
Cincinnati puts chili on spaghetti, so they’ve got that going for them..
Sir Francis Bombard (2 месяца назад)
Republican: Daddy worshipping, traditionalist, alchemy snorting, Syon living Mother-F'ers The search for Anakin Skywalker continues. Go, Democrats! Remember the Roman Empire, my friends! It is right that America turns to a Democrat state. Say, bye, bye traditionalists for the sabers of truth are SMARTER. Republicans will be running like Luke and Leia...guns belong to Democrats and even Pythagoras had to tolerate Rome. These revolutionaries crave stability and would pass a thousand Republicans to achieve its appearance. We should show them that there is little stability in its embracing. Come to the Dark Side, Luke, and realize all is lost...
The mixed ravens fan (2 месяца назад)
fuck you Spanos
Javier Mendez (2 месяца назад)
"The thing you weren't quite good to make your dad love you" how it hit home. I USED to love playing soccer as a kid, till my father would come watch my games and from the bleachers would shout encouraging words!!!
Niaz Gul Hazarboz (2 месяца назад)
Americans are so retarded 😂😂😂
Jamie Roby (2 месяца назад)
As an American I can say that for the most part that statement is true. Most of the people here are pretty dumb, but not everyone.
Herbert Erdferkel (2 месяца назад)
true, but his statement absolutely makes sense as soon as you change it to US-americans .... totally legit to generalize in such way when an insufferable large majority is dumber then a bag of hammers. Those not so dumb still fail in large numbers with their ignorance/tolerance towards stupidity.
Trump (2 месяца назад)
You made an association fallacy just because someone is an American does not make them retarded.
patrick driscoll (2 месяца назад)
$9.25 for a Bud Light is treason... I've already spend $110 on a ticket and $20 for parking to these con artists!
Herbert Erdferkel (2 месяца назад)
its not a con, you know what you get and still are willing to pay .. that makes it a legit business deal with you just being of questionable intellect if you pay so far above value for your products and services. Same goes for cinema prices for popcorn and drinks etc. Visiting a stadium and watch others do sports is nothing essential to life so they also dont rob you by exploiting a necessity for profit, if you cant say no to something as meaningless as watching sports as soon as the price is ridiculous then its your problem and I honestly applaud everyone able to get that much money off dumb cities and people.
MyDearKyoKun (2 месяца назад)
J.O. living his dream xD
Daniel Rice (2 месяца назад)
Everything in here is true. Look no farther than the Atlanta Braves for proof that stadiums don't improve the area around them. The worst, crime ridden, gang infested neighborhoods in Atlanta are directly adjacent to (as in literally the next street over...not a block or multiple blocks...as in across the street) the now former Braves Stadium. The Olympics in 1996 and the Braves were supposed to revitalize the area - but anyone from Atlanta knows this absolutely did not happen at all. Now the Braves moved to the suburbs and ironically got the Cobb County Government to fund their stadium...sigh... Nailed it John Oliver.
Janco van der Westhuizen (2 месяца назад)
Timid forest ponies with sticks on their heads
net81j (2 месяца назад)
Nobody should be spending Public Money without open books!

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