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11-23-2012, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by FrankMTL View Post
These huge multi million dollar arenas are not paid for by the players. Without the owners to build up the infrastructure to show the world these players talent, they would be nothing.
In many cases the taxpayers are the ones who build the facilities and the related infrastructure for sports venues. Many of these taxpayers have no interest in sports yet their dollars are spent for the enjoyment of a relatively small group.

Two groups benefit from this arrangement... the players and the owners. In many cases, if the owners actually had to build their own facilities there would be a lot less available to the players. A good portion of the revenue currently collected would go towards paying mortgages.

A good reference book is "Field of Schemes"

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