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February 04, 2009

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I've never understood the "big time sports franchises are good for the economy" argument. I can't see that they actually create any jobs except for T-shirt printers, beer vendors and maybe hotel maids. Do we really need growth in those sectors? Will that really turn the local enonomy around?

I've also been told that you can't be considered a world-class city without sports. have you ever turned down an otherwise good job opportunity because there was no team? Have you ever taken an otherwise below average job because they did have a team? (I'm tempted to think that they have cause and effect reversed)

I suppose that there might be some captains of industry (other than actual team owners, of course) that choose their new home-base with a sports team in mind, but is it an actual game-changer? How many CEO's would rank an NFL team higher than the tax base? How many would rank NBA ahead of a cheap transportation hub? Baseball ahead of available workforce? Donald Trump and Richard Branson come to mind, but even with Jon's well-deserved criticism of MBA's I don't see it as a primary driver. It is at best a tertiary consideration.

I just don't get it. And, it seems to me that they are claims without evidence, like the news story Jon quoted.

The Arizona Guardian has been around for only about a month and it already outshines the meager Republic reporting.

You underestimate the power of beer!

Two years after Bank One Ballpark opened, an analysis of sales tax receipts in downtown Phoenix indicated that 90 percent of the increased sales occurred INSIDE the stadium. There was little to no trickle down. The multiplier effects of stadia and big events like the Super Bowl are largely myths, especially compared to the looting of the public purse to build them, maintain them, secure them. I recall that passenger totals at Sky Harbor actually fell during January and February during one Super Bowl in the Valley. People who normally would have come during peak tourism season were staying away because they didn't want to deal with the hassle of a bunch of Super Bowl goons. Here's a story about the magic economic engine that was BOB:
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2000-03-09/news/bob-s-a-bust/

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