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A Pro Vote for School Sports
E.M. Swift
October 12, 1992
Professional teams should throw a lifeline to struggling inner-city athletic programs
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October 12, 1992

A Pro Vote For School Sports

Professional teams should throw a lifeline to struggling inner-city athletic programs

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Maybe it's naive to even suggest that such altruism is possible. There are other ways. Our cities are not powerless. A year ago, when San Francisco's school system proposed huge budget cuts that would have eliminated high school athletic programs, city legislators levied a tax on every ticket sold to events held in Candlestick Park. The measure has raised $550,000, all earmarked to finance high school sports. A ticket tax is, of course, a tax on fans. Other cities should look into the possibility of passing a tax on team revenues to benefit high school sports. Chicago would be a fine place to start.

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