I am an economist with a background in public finance and sports economics. I received my Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University in 2000. I am Professor of Sport Management and Economics and Department Chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. I have been a vocal critic of the public subsidies of stadiums; I was particularly vocal in my criticism of Gwinnett County’s funding of the Gwinnett Braves stadium. I am also a resident of Marietta, approximately 10 miles from the new stadium, and I work at Kennesaw State University, approximately 13 miles from the new stadium. Though I did not grow up in Cobb my family has deep roots in West Cobb’s Lost Mountain community that predate the Civil War. I am a lifelong Braves fan who attends about five games per season at Turner Field, and I would attend many more games at the proposed site in Cobb County. I also live outside the Cumberland Community Investment District that bears a majority of the tax burden. I estimate that on an annual basis I travel to the Cumberland area less than five times a year and spend less than $100.
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