|Regarding 'Taxpayers Still Indulge Pro Teams' by Joseph H. Brown (Commentary,
Although he wanted to make the opposite point, Brown does not need to give any
more ideas to the Glazers. With that column in hand, they will go to the city and
county to ask for even more privileges and concessions.
With the USF Bulls selling out the stadium, it is not going to be long before they
will ask to increase the cap on the profits from concession and parking from
non-Bucs events. Several reasons can be given - the turf has to be replaced more
often as the fans celebrate on the field, the seats are fading faster as they get up
more often to cheer their winning team, etc.
Just like in 1996, I am sure the rich folks of Tampa will not blink an eye while
lobbying for another sales tax increase, especially in light of lower consumer
spending lowering CIT estimates, rising property taxes and homeowner insurance
Time and again, economists have shown that sport teams do not bring economic
fortune to a city. It is almost a zero-sum game.