Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:00 AM
pstokely (8,631 posts)
Missouri Governor Wants To Keep Rams Team In State
"ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The governor of Missouri is pressing officials to keep an NFL team in the state.
The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex authority has hired investment firm Goldman Sachs to help advise officials how to keep the Rams in the dome.
If that deal doesn’t happen, the group will try to find another team to play in the dome.
The agency’s chairman says the governor is taking a hands on role in the process."
let them go to LA, STL is a baseball town
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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:03 AM
dballance (5,756 posts)
2. Does Anyone Know of An Example Where a Major Sports Team Actually Benefited A City in the Long Run?
Cities give billionaire owners of these major sports teams and I mean all major sports - NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, etc. - to come to their city or to stay in their city. They build new stadiums for the teams rather than fund education and infrastructure. All for the prestige of being a city with a sports team. Well, the people you city officials ignored to build these stadiums and the tax grants and zoning exceptions you made to solicit or keep these teams can't eat prestige or live in prestige. They need homes and food.
The jobs that surround these teams are not good-paying jobs. The concessions workers, ticket takers, parking attendants, janitors and others are making crap wages with little or no benefits. The only workers making a killing are the players, coaches, and owners. So the city sure as hell isn't getting a return on their investment through the taxes on wages or sales taxes on spending from the non-team workers.