In the Globe and Mail, Yves Boisvert writes about Denis Coderre’s passion for sports and the revival of a baseball team here: “It is estimated that the cost of buying a team and building a stadium would be more than $1 billion. A new ball park that could seat 36,000 spectators would cost around $500 million, according to Ernst & Young. The firm concluded the team would be profitable […] provided, of course, that two-thirds of the privately owned stadium would be paid for with public money.”
In the Gazette, one Michelle Pucci looks at the pros and cons: “According to Harvard scholar Judith Grant Long, taxpayers end up footing about 78 per cent of the bill for the average professional sports facility.” Pucci points to a Globe & Mail piece from earlier this month about how spending public money on sports venues is a mug’s game.
(“Montreal is one of the only big cities in North America without a major league team” – well, is it the only one? Or isn’t it? I always itch when I see “one of the only” because it’s a journalist putting up a big sign saying “Maybe it is, but I couldn’t be bothered to check.”)
General warnings for article limits on both the Globe and Gazette, of course.