Touching down in courtCincinnati Bengals running back...

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June 28, 1991

Touching down in court

Cincinnati Bengals running back Ickey Woods shuffled out of Rockdale County (Ga.) Traffic Court without a driver's license.

Woods pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving 91 mph in a 65 mph zone. Judge Sidney Nation sentenced him to six months of probation, no driving for 90 days and a $600 fine.

If you build it, what will come?

If it feels good, build it. Or words to that effect.

The decision to subsidize sports stadiums with public funds should be based solely on psychological grounds, because there is precious little economic justification, says Robert A. Baade, economics professor at Lake Forest (Ill.) College.

"It's a quality-of-life issue," said Baade, who has studied the issue with Richard F. Dye, associate professor at the college. "I wanted to look at the economics to see if these arguments for rationalizing public subsidies were correct. If they weren't, I wanted to move the arena of debate out of the economic realm to the psychological realm, where I think it belongs."

That's a tough sell politically, though.

"It's tough to go to the taxpayers and say, 'We'll all feel better about ourselves if we have a new sports stadium,' " Baade said.

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