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View Poll Results: Major league sports teams are:
Essential to have in a city/metro area 18 22.78%
Desirable, but not essential 34 43.04%
Not something I care about at all 27 34.18%
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:41 PM
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Professional sports teams frequently use the threat that they'll move out of a city, unless taxes are increased to build them a new stadium/arena. So IMO people who prefer low taxes should AVOID cities with professional sports teams.

BTW, I find that threat to be disgusting. And given the millions and even billions generated by the major professional sports, it irritates me to see how many local governments around the country knuckle under to the demand.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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Professional sports teams frequently use the threat that they'll move out of a city, unless taxes are increased to build them a new stadium/arena. So IMO people who prefer low taxes should AVOID cities with professional sports teams.

BTW, I find that threat to be disgusting. And given the millions and even billions generated by the major professional sports, it irritates me to see how many local governments around the country knuckle under to the demand.
Yeah and as we've often seen recently, often after a wave of excitement for the new location and new stadium from fans--once the new car smell wears off, if you don't have a winning franchise, people will stop coming for a few years and the owners might threaten to move to some new location where a new local government is willing to fund a brand spanking new stadium or arena. Meanwhile, the original city is determined to actually still be a viable market for the sport, and then get another new team or relocated franchise. Look at the Phoenix Coyotes or New Orleans Hornets--both teams that moved from one location(which later got a new team), and now might move again.

Say what you will about soccer, but this is much less common in European football. While there's a lot of ultra-rich owners of the top clubs these days, there's still a lot of local groups that have a controlling stake and have a vested interest in the local club. In Germany most teams are actually required to have over 50 percent of ownership controlled by the team's own supporters. Plus when the teams perform poorly they're relegated to the lower leagues--which also means that franchise from smaller cities, when they perform strong can advance to the top league. Whereas in the US, small market teams are always at risk of being relocated.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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Professional sports teams frequently use the threat that they'll move out of a city, unless taxes are increased to build them a new stadium/arena. So IMO people who prefer low taxes should AVOID cities with professional sports teams.

BTW, I find that threat to be disgusting. And given the millions and even billions generated by the major professional sports, it irritates me to see how many local governments around the country knuckle under to the demand.
It's curious though that very few cities with a population of 2 million or more in their metro area don't have at least one major league sports franchise.

It's almost like of rite of passage for a city that size.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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I live in one of those cities-Las Vegas. Although they are desirable, they are not essential
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:32 PM
 
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