Jewish World Review April 8, 2003 / 6 Nisan, 5763

Evan Weiner

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How sports owners and cable sports networks can help jumpstart the economy


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | As America begins its fourth week of military action in Iraq, sports owners and cable sports networks can help a part of the economy that has taken a hit since the first bombs fell on March 19.

The airline industry has seen a decline in business since the war started and that has a domino effect on the hotel-motel, car rental and restaurant business. Sports owners and cable companies owe a great deal of their successes to the government and its time that both entities give something back.

During any cablecast of a sports event, announcers should be talking up a city or an area and tell people to see the sights of another city.

Owners have gotten stadiums with funding from hotel, motel, car rental and restaurant taxes. With the travel industry slumping, some municipalities will be forced to raise other taxes or cut services to make up for shortfalls that would go to pay off stadium debts.

Owners should be promoting travel for various reasons, including that sports depends on interstate commerce.

Americans need to get into cars, trains and planes because travel and tourism are vital parts of the economy.

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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.

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© 2003, Evan Weiner