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11-21-2003, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by JR#9
I live in NYC Wazee but my point is that ALL new arena's in the US recieve massive amounts of financial and tax considerations and there are plenty of people that don't even give a sh$t about sports that wind up footing part of the bill.

It's a quality of life issue within each city and if a city decides it doesn't want to financially become involved with Pro teams then that is a decision they make and if they lose their team it's entirely up to them.
And the point back to you is that in virtually every city in the league, the "massive amounts of financial and tax considerations" that are provided are largely sourced through payroll, luxury, entertainment, visiting professional or other "special" taxes. The idea that the general taxpaying public is subsidizing the teams to the extent you suggest is unusual, particularly from someone in the biggest free market city in the world.

The other side of the argument is that if the private business owners, the League and the players can't generate enough to pay the bills, they shouldn't be in the business in the first place.

and, given the Rangers are a large part of the problem given that they haven't a clue how to spend money or how much to spend, someone from NYC has little to say to someone in Alberta about how to tax pro sports.

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