Discuss the common practice of governments spending public money on privately owned sports franchises The notion of "civic identity" and "civic pride" have recently attracted much interest, and often this is focused on civic "buzz" words that are tied to professional sports teams. Consequently, all levels of government are frequently seen to be attempting to attract and/or retain professional sports teams. In the process, they in effect spend public money on private sports teams, by for example building a new arena for an existing franchise, or to attract a franchise. A case in point was the Winnipeg Jets, as Silver describes in Thin Ice. In this essay it is argued that this is money well spent, for the benefits to the cities and their...The end:
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