One on One: Tourism Expert Laurence Chalip Acknowledges Impact of Sports
Last month, as the Minnesota Legislature considered a proposal that would fund a new stadium for the NFL's Vikings with help from hotel, rental car and NFL merchandise sales taxes, 77 percent of respondents to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll indicated they liked the idea and thought the taxes were fair. Meanwhile, one state representative quoted by the paper said that many legislators had a "huge concern" over being seen as responsible for the Vikings leaving Minnesota because they could not get a new publicly subsidized stadium. But are such concerns justified? Paul Steinbach spoke with University of Texas professor and sport tourism expert Laurence Chalip, who has consulted with sport entities and organizers of events worldwide (including several Olympic Games), about leveraging sport for maximum economic and social impact within a given city.
Q: Is there any truth to the notion that new sports facility construction benefits the community at large?
Q: Why do such sales pitches persist?
Q: Could such claims be realized through a better leveraging strategy?
Q: How can a team impact its community socially?
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