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07-22-2011, 09:06 AM
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Studies have been done on sports franchises and the "trickle down" effects (or lack thereof) to the economy. On a short term basis, people's incomes remain relatively fixed, and the local economy doesn't grow significantly, which means when a sports team arrives in town, people don't magically have more money to spend on going to the games and going to the bars/restaurants around the stadium, they simply shift whatever disposable income they had around from another type of leisure activity to ones related to the sports team and surrounding businesses of the area.
Post the "studies".

And even if those studies were perfectly accurate, name one reasonably sized city which doesn't have a major sports facility in or immediately beside it's downtown core.

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