The losing game of publicly financed sports venues

The people of Quebec City and Edmonton are falling prey to one of the oldest con games – the notion that spending public money on pro sports venues is a sound investment.

Facts don’t seem to matter in this game. And your city could be fleeced next.


But Ontario got a Velodrome thanks to Pan-Scam!

Most “Games” organizers have avoided the costly mistake of a permanent velodrome, knowing they quickly become unsustainable money-pits.

Ontario’s Pan-Am scammers are a different level of evil-stupid however.

Below the Athen’s Olympic Velodrome. And we all know where the Greeks are today.

Athens Velodrome

  • canminuteman

    It could be worse, they cold have got monorail!

    Actually they got that too. The Union Station to Pearson train it apparently running at 1/8th capacity. I’m not in the least bit surprised. I could theoretically take a taxi to the GO train station then the train to Union then another train to Pearson, but it’s cheaper and way more convenient to use park ‘n’ fly or just take a taxi to the airport from home. Fairly predictable.

    • It wasn’t designed for you or I, not for everyday citizens at all apparently.

      The prices are pretty steep as it was planned for what seems a too finely selected/hoped for “wealthier” demographic that may not ever materialize.

      They built it knowing it would not appeal to most Torontonians, I mean it has what 2 stops and one is in Weston of all places? That area of Weston is becoming a minor Ghetto unfortunately.

      • mobuyus

        These games are for the smoked salmon socialists and limousine liberals.

        • It is a treat for our political class – at our expense of course.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    More than 30 years ago, Howard Cosell denounced the blackmail of professional sports teams threatening to move their franchises if cities did not cough up millions of dollars for new stadiums.

    • And few have listened.

    • zee

      That was a very different situation. He was talking about people who could afford to fund their own stadiums blackmailing politicians. And at least the politicians knew a NFL team was guaranteed money-maker.

      Sports haven’t been the same since the Dodgers left Brooklyn 🙁

  • UCSPanther

    Looks like Canada will have another “Big Owe”, like that one Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau saddled us with back in the 1970s…

    • Yup, no way will this fiasco turn a profit or spin off any economic benefit worth mentioning.

    • zee

      Probably a stupid question, but does anyone know if they got rid of the special tobacco tax they brought in to fund the games when they finally finished paying for it (which I think was 2006)?

      • Clausewitz

        You’re joking right? Hell we’re still paying the temporary Income Tax for WW I.

        • zee

          Of course, what was I thinking? 🙂

    • Herr Wolf

      Do you’re a Canada K#ke?

      • UCSPanther

        Yep, and proud of it. Lots of “Aryan Ubermensch” met their ends at our Lee Enfield No 4 Mark 1s during WWII, and don’t you forget that…

        • jews to hell

          Jews can’t shoot unless the other people are unarmed

  • frotto

    Victoria BC hosted the Commonwealth games in 1994. The built a velodrome for the event. After the games – yes – it was a huge money pit for local taxpayers. They shut the thing down a couple years ago despite the howls of outrage from the cycling community (shocking, I know!)

  • Gary

    The way you separate the taxpayers from the Politicians is with a Crow Bar , the taxpayers is the one holding their ankles.
    If Olivia had focused on Jack instead of the taxpayers , he would not have had to visit the Rub-n-tug parlour to be service by an illegal women in the sex trade .
    If Jack helped Olivia on a horse , would Olivia help Jack Off the horse.

    • Clausewitz

      You’ve been waiting a long time to use that one haven’t you. Well played sir, well played.