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11-21-2003, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by JR#9
Amerian taxpayers don't have much say when their dollars are spend to GIVE franchises brand new arenas or when the local goverments cut all sorts of tax breaks to these pro teams so why should teams in Canada have a new CBA that would sponge off the teams making money just so that those cities local goverments can bang out these NHL teams with ridiculous tax numbers that further hurt the teams ability to compete on a level playing field?
Is that what your media is telling you up there north of the border? They are saying American taxpayers don't have much of a say? That is very interesting and also very untrue.

I live in Denver. We have build a new baseball stadium and a new football staduim in the last decade. In both cases the residents of the 6 county Metro-Denver area got to vote on the increase in taxation that would finance the stadiums. In both cases, the pro-stadium side won by a substantial margin.

The Pepsi Center was privately financed. It does receive tax concessions from the city of Denver in return for an agreement that will prevent the Avs or the Nuggets from moving for 25 years. It should also be noted that the Pepsi Center was built on an empty piece of land that was part of the old railroad yard that ran through lower downtown Denver. Denver gave tax concessions to an amusement park and an aquarium built in the same area at around the same time. ANY tax money paid on that land is money the city was not getting before. But the real benefit to the city is the explosion new businesses and residences that has grown in the lower downtown area.

LoDo, as we affectionately call the area, was a rundown warehouse district where few ventured after dark. But for the past 10 years or so, LoDo, with its new ball park, new arena, restaurants, and bars has become thee place to go. And all those people who venture downtown for a meal and a game spend money...and pay taxes on every dime they spend.

Despite what you may be hearing north of the border, the American taxpayers are not total dolts. We do not run around with wool over our eyes. We keep a close eye on goverment spending at the state and local levels. We just happen to think that building ball parks and arenas is a pretty smart use of our tax dollars.

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