Once lived in Pittsburgh wrote:
MarioLemieux1992 wrote:how dose pro-sports drain it? an arena for events, resturants are packed w/people to watch games, cloths, ect. plus all the loyal fans who pour out $$$ on the teams gear and tickets
1. Massive direct subisidies for facilities - paid by taxpayers or thru "plans" that divert money from taxpayer budgets;
2. Huge discretionary spending by people that would go local, instead. For every $25 mean eaten before a game, there is a $45 ticket purchased that goes to player/owner pockets.
They don't live locally, most of them. So money leaves the area.
So what about the people who dont live locally, and spend 100 bucks for a hotel, then another 200 in meal money,and then a small shopping trip for the wife, and kids? I know I live abut two hrs from Pittsburgh, and go to about 7 games a year. On average I spend about $500.00 to $600.00 during these trips. And this does not include money I spent on the tickets, and or arena concessions.