More bogus/inflates economic impact claims. 55,000 people are not traveling to Tampa for the Outback Bowl, and a family of four does not average $4,000 spent when they do. https://t.co/1i5NkSpLsp— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) December 31, 2017
Happy New Year, everyone 🎉 RT @RLenziCMG: A few seats still available at Raymond James Stadium ... pic.twitter.com/rYP50sON8l— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) January 1, 2018
A more conservative estimate pegs the Outback Bowl economic impact at $30 million a year. But that figure came from the non-economist "economist" Mark Bonn, who I previously exposed for using bogus and inflated numbers.How do we know 55,000 people didn't spend $1,000 each visiting Tampa this week for the Outback Bowl? Announced crowd of 45,687 may be a clue. https://t.co/915CSKzl79— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) January 1, 2018
Real economists suggested the impact is closer to 1/10 of Bonn's estimates. But that's not the kind of number that gets tax dollars flowing to your private bowl game and funding the $993,000 salary of said bowl game's CEO.
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