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America's Parking Lot (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, News | 11 March 2012 (USA)
Take a front row seat as Cy and Tiger, two die-hard fans of 'America's Team' and leaders of the legendary 'Gate 6' tailgate party, spend their last season with the Dallas Cowboys at ... See full summary »

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Jonny Mars
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Belson Ken Belson ... Self - New York Times
Chris Berman ... Self - ESPN
Cy Ditmore Cy Ditmore
Jerry Jones ... Self - Cowboys Owner
Stan 'Tiger' Shults Stan 'Tiger' Shults
Tom Van Riper Tom Van Riper ... Self - Forbes
Robert Wilonsky Robert Wilonsky ... Self - Dallas Morning News
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Take a front row seat as Cy and Tiger, two die-hard fans of 'America's Team' and leaders of the legendary 'Gate 6' tailgate party, spend their last season with the Dallas Cowboys at historic Texas Stadium. When the Cowboys move 20 miles west to Arlington, the shifting politics and economics of major league sports threaten to dissolve the friendships and traditions these blue-collar tailgaters have built over 20 years and Cy and Tiger scramble to preserve their place in America's parking lot. Written by Anonymous

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Your season ticket to the last great tailgate


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Not Rated
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USA

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English

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11 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Irving, Texas, USA

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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An Important Film on how Die-hard Fans are being displaced by Profits in the NFL
29 March 2012 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

As a football fan, I greatly enjoyed Johnny Mars' America's Parking Lot which explores the business of sports as a form of social commentary on what's wrong with America, really with American capitalism, today. A film that appears initially to be a study of the crazy quirky Dallas Cowboys fans tailgating at Texas Stadium is actually something much more. The film looks at what happens when the Dallas Cowboys build the billion dollar Cowboys Stadium with taxpayer funding and pass the cost along to the fans. The result is that many working class fans are priced out of the market, because they can no longer afford the exorbitant ticket prices for personal seat licenses. The implications in terms of the use taxpayer funds and the access of ordinary fans to their teams are deeply troubling. Sports are a useful microcosm for examining many aspects of society from race to business. Here we see yet another example of how wealthy individuals and large corporations are taking over every aspect of America life and excluding ordinary working people. Sadly, they are often able to get taxpayer subsidies to billionaires which are justified in the name of supposed, but often difficult to quantify, economic development. This film premiered at Austin's SXSW Film Festival which is appropriate since Austin is engaged in a similar debate whether to build an F1 racing track. Similar trends can be seen in college football which has become a billion dollar business that exploits a free labor pool of student-athletes. While this film may appear as if it will only appeal to sports fans, it actually offers a far broader critique of government and business that should appeal much more broadly. I hope that a small film like this can gain a broader audience.


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