As you know, in ancient Rome in the city itself there were large numbers of people who did not work but were given a grain allotment out of the Roman storage bins and were amused by free spectacles or circuses, giving rise to the expression panem et circenses, bread and circuses. Of course, we know have grocery store debit cards given to tens of millions of people by the federal government as our panem. And then we have professional sports. And the fact is that professional sports is not self-supporting in many cases. Indy built a dome for $80,000,000 in the 1980s for the Indianapolis Colts. When it was razed 25 years later, $80 million was still owed. The new Colts stadium costs $790 million and the city is obligated for that. The same with the Pacers basketball team, which was asking for $10,000,000 a year from the taxpayers. Of course, the Fever basketball team is a big loser but they do share the new Pacer's fieldhouse, financed by the city I think. Now the Indianapolis Motor Speedway says that the automobile racetrack in Speedway, Indiana, that hosts the Indy 500 needs taxpayer money to help comply with the provisions of the disability act regarding access and seating. And the state legislature seems inclined to let them keep the sales tax that they collect on sales during the race although they haven't passed a bill yet. Does professional sports (circenses) pay for themselves anywhere in the country?