ESPN, Big Ten, NFL network, and RSN's need to be a la carte The high cost of sports programming is costing CATV/SAT subscribers many dollars per month. Its bad enough that my tax dollars are being used to subsidize stadiums for professional sports teams. For most TV programming packages you also have to pay the ESPN tax.
Steve MehsGun Control Is Using A Steady HandPremium
said by big_e:And if there were no taxpayer subsidies and your local teams relocated to a different market think of all the negative impact on your local economy. Think of all the jobs a professional sports team bring in that arent related to players, coaches and the front office. Youve got the concession stands, venue security, parking lot attendants, ticket takers, the box office, janitorial/sanitation, buildings and grounds, local media personal who follow the team and many more all who would be unemployed. Not to mention the bar and restaurant subsection of the food service industry that thrives when all the flat screens are showing the local team. Yeah your local Chilis and Applebees would survive a team moving a way, business may be down and they might have to cut a waitress or two who use that as a second job as a way to pay for college or a single mom trying to make ends meet, but Joes Corner Tavern probably wouldnt.
The high cost of sports programming is costing CATV/SAT subscribers many dollars per month. Its bad enough that my tax dollars are being used to subsidize stadiums for professional sports teams. For most TV programming packages you also have to pay the ESPN tax.
Every action, measure and every last resort should be taken to make sure a team does not relocate and that includes tax payer subsidies. Im pissed about our NBA team leaving town in the 70s and that happened like 8 years before I was even born. Go Clippers!
Dale Jr, Riding Daddys Coattails Since February 18, 2001!
ssssh please don't hit this fools with knowledge about how a team works. they think sports packages are bad yet year after year they keep getting more revenue but hey let then scream "I don't need sports " until it hits then when it really hurts....their wallets.
reply to Steve Mehs
I'm a sports fan, but numerous studies have shown that public spending on sports provides the least economic benefit to local economy vs just about any other spending. Most of the money ends up going to players who don't even play there. And the money that people would spend at games would be spent on things that more helped the local economy.
Forcing everyone to subsidize RSNs and ESPN really just inflates player salaries. You have to look no further than the LA Dodgers for a great example.