Jewish World Review March 31, 2003 / 27 Adar II, 5763
When $ports helps close public educational institutions
The news detroit will close 16 public schools
to help close a $100 million budget gap should not have any
impact on the Lions and Tigers, even though those teams might
have contributed to Detroit's economic problems.
Detroit decided to make a commitment to rebuild its city and image
by spending money for pro sports facilities for baseball and
football. Detroit and Michigan kicked in about $320 million seed
money to get the stadiums built. Have the stadiums done the job?
Detroit will get a Super Bowl and its economic impact but that
is still three years in the future, which doesn't help present
day students or teachers who will lose their jobs at the end of
the school year. The Tigers have been terrible and the novelty
of a new park wore off quickly.
Municipalities made decisions years ago that are directly
impacting the general population today, non sports fans who
are paying taxes for sports arenas and losing other services.
Detroit is not the only city in financial trouble nationally. Its
a situation that cities still seeking major league teams should be
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© 2003, Evan Weiner