Comment 41049

By Kiely (registered) | Posted May 21, 2010 at 13:31:55

The team owners want to suck up every last drop of that money, that's why they like to put the stadium in the middle of a desert of parking lots so fans have nowhere else to spend there money. - z jones

Very true Z, this is backed up by studies that have shown even very successful sports franchises can be economic sink holes to their communities because they suck out a disproportionately large amount of money compared to what they put back.

For example, if someone spends money on seasons tickets, it is money that could have gone into the community restaurants, zoos, attractions, museums, etc... but instead it lines the pockets of millionaire owners and players.

There are only advantages to having pro sports in your community - besides the "feel good", "rah-rah" type benefits - if the pro sports teams actively take part in improving the city and community as a whole... that is not what Bob Young is proposing.

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