Do publicly funded stadiums help communities?

How should we handle publicly funded sports Arena profits?

There seems to be a new trend in the United States in terms of using public dollars to build professional sports stadiums. I love nothing more than watching and playing sports, but in a time when cities are declaring bankruptcy and families are struggling financially, the wise choice would seem to be for Sports arenas to directly share their profits with the local communities.

As a metro Detroit resident who drives through Detroit for consulting work, I often pass an abandoned library and public school, off of Woodward Avenue, right near the new Red Wings arena. This new arena was funded with about $250 million in taxpayer dollars. As many of you know, the City of Detroit has been in bankruptcy, and their school system is among the nations worse.

2016 saw the NFL’s St Louis Ram’s move to Los Angles. St Louis has been on the hook for $144 in debt for the now abandoned stadium, money which could be used to hire more teachers or some other community benefit but was instead wasted.

There are numerous economic studies showing that sports stadiums/teams do not actually benefit the long-term economy of a region. Often, jobs created by an arena are temporary and or low paying, not jobs that give you an opportunity to raise a family.

Let’s take economics and buzzwords out of the equation for a second. Where are we at as a society if we give taxpayer dollars to millionaires to fund their own business and ignore education and community development? A fruitful economy comes from jobs that provide meaning, value, and advancement for society. Engineering and health care are two such fields that stand as a testament to the undeniable importance of education.

Can we get the Federal government to change this? Sign our petition.

Any time a new stadium is built with public dollars, .5% (one half of a percent) of yearly net income must go towards community development, with the stipulation at least half must go to the city’s public school system. In addition, let’s require that teams who take public funds for their stadium are required to have an annual financial audit by a CPA firm and the financial statements must be made publicly available. If you would like to make a difference please Sign the Petition!

Thank you for support and time.

Allen Frantsen

How to remove your domain from a Facebook blacklist

When SurveyKing Inc. was founded, we purchased the domain name surveyking.com. We did a fair amount of research into the domain history prior to purchase but we later discovered a hidden problem; past owners of the domain had used it for purposes that resulted in it being on several blacklists including that of Facebook, as well as portrayed negatively on basic Google searches from old review sites. This is something important to consider when attempting to purchase a pre-established domain name. As an important feature of our platform relies on the ability to post generated links to the survey you create to popular social media sites, being blacklisted by Facebook directly out of the gate was definitely a setback for us.

“The content you’re trying to share includes a link that our security systems detected to be unsafe” …

Facebook had some basic instructions within their forums for what to do when your domain is blacklisted and offer the ability to make a trouble ticket, but no direct line of support or company contact  info other than a mailing address. We created several tickets with not a lot of luck. We then sent certified mail to Facebook to inform them of the misunderstanding but received no response. We tried several crafty work-around solutions on our end to get around the problem such as using a different, non-blacklisted domain entirely to redirect traffic from the generated URLs to Surveyking.com, but this only worked for a little while before it was also blacklisted due to redirecting to a blacklisted domain.

As the scheduled date of our website launch grew closer, we contacted the California Better Business Bureau (CBBB) and let them know that surveyking.com had changed ownership and we wished to use it for a legitimate survey platform but we were running into trouble because of blacklists that came before we bought the domain.  We soon received confirmation from the CBBB, confirming that they had contacted Facebook on our behalf to make sure our domain is removed from the blacklist within 30 days. This turned about to be a success. Within ten days, our domain was removed from the Facebook blacklist and we were able to share links to our surveys on Facebook.

One reason we decided to detail this process here, is that while trying to determine the best way to have our domain name reputation restored, we realized how little information is actually out there on doing it.

As of now we are happy to say that Surveyking.com has had  its reputation restored and we have not had any trouble related to any blacklists. If you have this or a similar problem with a company not respecting new ownership of the domain you acquired, definitely write a letter to facebook describing your problem in detail and send it via certified mail so you can legally confirm its arrival. Next make sure to visit https://www.bbb.org/ , select your state, then let the Better Business Bureau do the rest.

 

 

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