The entire "report" consists of four pages, and similar to the Rays' laughable spring training economic impact report of 2014, the analysis isn't worth the cracker jack box it came out of.
First of all, the Yankees appear to have done the report themselves, rather than hire an economist or firm to analyze data for them. Second of all, the team claims $162 million in economic impact last year...from 17 spring training games.
That breaks down to $9.5M in economic impact for each game...or $950 per person per game!?!?!?
Oh, but the bogus assumptions continue:
- Nearly 40,000 Yankees fans came to Florida last year for the primary purpose of watching baseball, staying for an average of 7.5 nights each, but going to just one Yankees game each. Of course that's ridiculous, but acknowledging fans go to multiple games over the course of a spring diminishes all those economic impact claims!
- About 43,000 fans came to Florida for reasons other than baseball last year, but took in a Yankees game while they were here. Yet the team still counted their entire $90 million supposedly spent in Florida as spring training-related economic impact. That represents 56% of the Yankees' claimed total impact.
- Not one single Yankees fan from outside the state attended more than one spring training game last year. Ha.
The Yankees should be embarrassed to put out these numbers and the Tampa Tribune should be embarrassed to have relied on them in an editorial.
Meanwhile, the numbers may or may not have helped convince Hillsborough County leaders to give the league's most valuable franchise another $30 million or so in tax money.
All told, $30 million for a more than 20-year spring training contract extension isn't a bad deal these days.
But yes, the $13 million or so in Hillsborough County bed tax money could have absolutely gone toward a Rays stadium...so Tampa's nearly-impossible task of financing a stadium just got a little bit harder.
Click on the four-page "report" to read the Yankees' economic claims:
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