The Cherry Picking of the Economic Impact Study of Angels Baseball
By Dan Chmielewski
The OC Register’s Marty Wisckol did a solid job of reporting the story of the recently completed economic impact study on Angels baseball and where it fell short. Detractors of the team and the City’s negotiations with owner Arte Moreno jumped on the story with gusto.
There are three takeaways from the stories in the Register and the one we published this morning and OJ blogger Greg Diamond’s take: a more detailed study is needed that fully addresses revenues and costs; that even a Chapman University economist said there is an economic benefit to having the Angels; and the willingness of Diamond to put words in council member Jordan Brandman’s mouth that he didn’t say.
First things first. A $30,000 study isn’t nearly enough money to answer all of the questions needed to get a clear picture of the economic impact of having a major league baseball team in Anaheim. Texas-based Conventions, Sports and Leisure is somehow portrayed, by Diamond, as being hired to provide a slanted report complete with a quote from Andrew Zimbalist, an author at a competitive Think Tank called The Drake Group and a professor at Smith College. Zimbalist’s signature work, “Sports, Jobs
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