During a forum on Sporting Events and the Local Economy, Ken Ash, director of the Show-Me State Games, asked, “Are sports a viable way of generating money throughout the community? You bet, and I don’t think they should be forgotten at any point in time.”
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Tim Jamieson, MU’s baseball coach, said that, considering the revenue generated by sporting events, the hotels, restaurants and other businesses that benefit from sports tourism “should be kicking in. If you want to build a facility without taxation, there ought to be a sense of obligation and appreciation for the things that are done in the city and county.”