Two recent articles in the Arizona Republic ponder
The answer to the first seems to be (if you read the article) a lot of fancy footwork by the Super Bowl host committee. I think a deeper answer includes the million-or-so in Scottsdale taxpayer-funded subsidies our Mayor Jim Lane and the city council awarded to the committee to “encourage game attendees to stay in Scottsdale hotels” (which obviously are desperate for business in February when the rest of the country is freezing), and for a big party downtown (because folks wouldn’t otherwise come to Scottsdale to party).
Subsidy #1 was reported in these pages in February of this year as $650,000.
Subsidy #2 will take the form of $400,000 in overtime pay for public safety employees, as reported on AZCentral in April.
That’s over a million dollars. What do Scottsdale taxpayers get for that? Besides a football-crazed downtown most of us will avoid like a Scottsdale ice cream truck?
If you read the second AZR article, the answer seems to be, “Not much.”
Not surprising, since the so-called economics of super-event subsidies has been widely discredited. Just look at a few of my previous articles on ScottsdaleTrails.