- Dec 25, 2011
I am not saying its wise for governments to help subsidize sports of any league and level nor that the owners can't fold a team. Just saying that with so much public money spent on these teams, primarily stadiums, a large, league-led consolidation of teams is going to generate considerable political push back.The economic multiplier is risky; it may work for professional teams but I don't see a single A team in Norwich revitalizes a core business area.
Also, there needs to be caution from the municipalities throwing economic development money or tax incentives to these teams just like they need to be cautious for other business ventures. Not every town/city throws money at phone call centers- and there're good reasons why they don't. I don't buy the argument that minor league teams can't be folded because they received some level of public funding or support.