domingo, 1 de agosto de 2010

Subsidios para clubes deportivos profesionales

En INTERFACES aparece un artículo de Fred Murphy en el que cuenta un par de experiencias de aplicación del análisis económico a decisiones políticas. Y aprovecha para hablar del efecto del apoyo económico a los equipos de deporte profesional local, que en general es negativo para la ciudad que lo hace. No sé si esto se hace así de explícitamente en España, pero en todo caso no parece que tenga mucho sentido.

A Brookings report (Baade and Sanderson 1997)
shows that people reserve a certain proportion of their
budget for recreational expenditures and do not violate
that share. Bigger stadiums hold more fans, charge
more for tickets, and take money away from other
recreational activities in the region. Any increases in
stadium revenues come at the expense of local restaurants,
bowling alleys, movie houses, and other forms
of entertainment. In addition, attendees at sporting
events are using some of their limited uncommitted
time and are taking that time from other recreational
activities. Moreover, the increased team revenues go to
pay players salaries that they generally do not spend
locally. Thus, using tax dollars for stadiums at best
shifts recreational dollars from unsubsidized activities
to a subsidized activity, enriching team owners at the
expense of local venues.

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