Proceedings of the 5 th ESEA Conference
Gridiron Games: A Case Analysis of Turf War Issues and the Economic, Social, Cultural, and Political Incentives for Government Subsidization
The purpose of this report was to examine the economic, social, and cultural support of three different amateur college level football “American Gridiron” contests. Results examine how politicians use exaggerated monetary values to garner community support of the events they propagandize.
athletic events, subsidization, reciprocal value, economic impact, politics
Public spending reciprocal value is a complex matter and casual scrutiny of how tax-payer dollars are distributed during the recent United States economic crisis has ostensibly provoked fiscal transparency concerns in the country. Government proration becomes even more concerning when funds are distributed toward leisure initiatives rather than more gripping educational, infrastructure, and law enforcement based public entities. When public officials do invest tax dollars to support recreational facilities or host sports contests economic impact figures are typically publicized to reassure community residents it is money well spent. However, other considerations are often purported to support sport facility and event yields beyond economic growth in the form of social, cultural, and quality of life opportunities gained by a community and its residents. Unfortunately these benefits may succumb to surreptitious biased agendas of sports officials, promoters, and political figures when decisions are made regarding which athletic events get funded and the amounts dispensed. Even though professional sports receive the majority of attention and financial support amateur sporting events may also receive public seed money to build a community venue or host a contest, thus prompting a similar review of their own sport benefit underpinnings. ← 231 | 232 →
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