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Sports costing taxpayers billions

Minor league baseball changed as well as the Major Leagues and Minor Leagues Player Development Contract mandated new or renovated parks be completed by 1994 or teams could move. That is how Sussex County ended up with a New York Penn League team as Glens Falls, New York refused to go along with the 1990 baseball agreement. Mario Cuomo approved more than $60 million for New York minor league park upgrades.

Everyone pays for sports in the United States whether it is through a hotel/motel tax, car rental tax, a "sin" tax (alcohol and cigarettes in Cleveland), a water tax (Nashville) or hikes in sales tax (Arlington, Texas). In a sense, both fans and non sports fans should have a seat at the bargaining table in the NFL dispute, the upcoming NBA contract dispute and the possible Major League Baseball and National Hockey League labor disagreements that could take place this winter and in the summer of 2012. Americans are also paying for the care of discarded football players who are in their 40s and 50s who are disabled from injuries suffered in games through social security insurance and Medicare.

The true cost of sports in the United States to taxpayers is in the billions in government spending.

Evan Weiner, the winner of the United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award, is an author, radio-TV commentator and speaker on "The Politics of Sports Business." His book, "The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition is available at www.bickley.com, Barnes and Noble or amazonkindle. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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