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Argumentative essay - on sports - July 4th 2009, 07:44 AM

For a class, I need to write a critical/argumentative discussion on the practice of governments spending public money on privately owned sports franchises. Specifically hockey, with examples of specific cities. I know what an argumentative essay should be like, but the problem is, I don't watch hockey or sports, and I have very little opinion on the matter. I guess I feel like there are more important things to spend money on, but at the same time, sport things can do good for the community - bring in revenue etc. I haven't managed to convince myself of either side, so I'm having difficulty writing an argument for either side. I'm not really sure where to start with this?


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Re: Argumentative essay - on sports - July 4th 2009, 03:23 PM

I am terrible at writing essays, but I can talk about a sport I know a fair amount on, baseball.

The problem with the way baseball's funding is set up is that cities actually depend on teams despite giving them money. Take a team like Seattle, who in 1989 demanded the city give them a better deal for renting the stadium despite sucking and not drawing any fans. However, the city would get bad rep if they lost their baseball team, so they allowed the Mariners a better deal and stayed. Then another owner took over, and demanded more money from the city so he could pay off other investments that he failed in.

If the owners can't pay for the teams, the cities should be able to take control of it if they pay enough money. So many other institutions get public funding and thus are required to listen to the demands of the state (think public vs private universities). Carl Pohlad (rest in peace), was a multi-billionaire who demanded money from Minneapolis because he didn't want to pay extra money for stadium upgrades. Even though he was one of the richest 5 owners in baseball, the Twins had among the lowest team salaries in the league. The Marlin owner, constantly tears down his team to save millions on salary when he makes so much money on the side. The way Loria runs the Marlins, it is not really beneficial to the Miami community. He has alienated the fans so much that they all revert to college football instead.

In baseball, owner 'corruption' is rampant, I don't know about hockey though.


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Re: Argumentative essay - on sports - July 4th 2009, 11:47 PM

Thank you for your input. I've been trying to find newspaper articles, articles, been reading Hockey Night in Canada, and searching the internet, but it's like everything I find isn't so much critically evaluating the spending on the hockey teams as briefly saying "we love our hockey team, keep it", and then moving on to talk about the sport itself.


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