The National Football League is back, with the new season kicking off on Thursday night.
No doubt that football is the most popular sport in America, but the most popular sport for NFL owners? That's probably ripping off taxpayers to make billions of dollars.
The NFL and it's 32 teams play in multi-million-dollar stadiums that are usually built with the assistance of taxpayers, whether they like it or not. And the league has perfected a way to extort new facilities out of government officials by threatening to move teams from one city to another.
On this week's edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim discuss the NFL and the league's perpetual threat to move a team to Los Angeles unless a current host city builds a new stadium. The St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers are using that threat right now, and the Minnesota Vikings successfully used it just a few years ago to get a $2 billion stadium built with the help of $1 billion from the public.
Then, Tori Richards sits down with us to discuss her series of stories on the EPA's reaction to it's major screw-up in Colorado. The agency said it took full responsibility of the spill of toxic chemicals out of a Colorado mine, but now it is hiding information from Congress and omitting crucial details from public testimony.
All that, plus a look at how the Drug Enforcement Administration is sneaking a look at private medical records and this week's Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.