Jewish World Review April 21, 2003 / 19 Nissan, 5763
Municipal sports spending is a national problem
For those cities funding major league sports franchises,
here's a question: Are you getting a fair return on
Forty-four states and numerous cities across the country
have huge budget problems, but municipal spending on sports
Take New York City for example. Mayor Michael
Bloomberg has offered a doomsday budget which would cut
jobs and slash services.
But bloomberg will continue to fund a
$10 million annual expenditure that gives the Yankees and Mets
five million a piece for research and development of new
If you go by record, the Yankees are giving their city
shareholders and partners a good return on the field.
shareholders might want a refund. Municipal sports spending
is a national problem.
Too many cities are cutting back on schooling, garbage
pick up and health services while fully funding sports
And the monetary return on sports are in
the best cases minimal it is a lesson municipal planners still
have not learned.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
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