And I agree.

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  • mvirenicus

    After all these years of hearing about the medmart, medical mart, whatever the heck it's called, I still have no idea what it's supposed to be, nor does anyone I ask.

  • Shalom Tim,

    I can't help but think that your enthusiasm for professional sports clouds your judgment in this case.

    Well, I’m a Cleveland sports fan, and Roldo spent the better part of two decades having nothing good to say at all about Gateway. Yeah, it was a big giveaway. Yeah, rich spoiled athletes and their rich masters/owners don’t need our taxpayer money. But sometimes, it makes sense – economically, politically, regionally – to invest in something that creates what Gateway has created, even if the guys you’re dealing with are already filthy rich.

    Just about the only reason anyone goes downtown for recreation anymore, especially families, revolves around sports. Can you imagine downtown Cleveland if the Indians and Cavs had both left town?

    When professional sports is removed from the equation you're able to see the wealthy grab for taxpayer dollars for what it is, corporate welfare.

    I think it would be interesting to see how major cities without a professional sports team — let alone three professional sports teams — have fared over the last several decades.

    It would be equally instructive to compare the community health of Cleveland and Baltimore, a city that lost the Colts to Indianapolis then gained the Ravens nee Browns from Cleveland (and a bushel of Superbowl rings), is Baltimore's community better, the same or worse for those changes.

    I'm unconvinced that, once all the marketing shit is removed from the equation, that any professional sports team has ever benefited a community in any real manner.

    If your young, black and living in the King-Kennedy projects, which hero is most likely to have a more positive effect upon your life: Lebron James or President Barack Hussein Obama?

    Professional sports are a way for the über rich to separate even more money from communities that ought to have other priorities.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • mvirenicus

    Professional sports in cleveland has definitely benefited the downtown drinking establishments where the suburbanites who somehow still have money can get shitfaced and heave all over the city sidewalks.

  • Shalom Mvirenicus,

    There is that, and the workers hired to clean it up.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

  • Shalom Tim,

    I think Roldo wrote this one for you.

    B'shalom,

    Jeff

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