Does Hosting a Professional Sports Team Benefit the Local Community? Evidence From Property Assessments

39 Pages Posted: 28 May 2021 Last revised: 4 Oct 2021

Date Written: May 27, 2021

Abstract

Local governments often justify subsidizing sports stadiums as economic development projects that have positive returns on investment. If this is true, economic and quality-of-life spillovers that are capitalized in local property values ought to generate additional tax revenue for host municipalities through increased property assessments. This analysis uses the synthetic control method to estimate the effect of a new publicly-funded professional baseball stadium and team relocation on property assessments in Cobb County, Georgia. Cobb assessment values did not increase relative to other metro-Atlanta counties following the stadiums' announcement or opening, which is inconsistent with the stadium having a positive fiscal impact, even with its desirable location and accompanying mixed-used development. The findings are consistent with past economic studies and are likely generalizable to other stadium projects.

Keywords: property values, sports stadiums, local economic development, social benefits, property taxes, synthetic control method

JEL Classification: H41, H71, L83, R58, Z23, Z28

Suggested Citation

Bradbury, John Charles, Does Hosting a Professional Sports Team Benefit the Local Community? Evidence From Property Assessments (May 27, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3855087 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3855087

John Charles Bradbury (Contact Author)

Kennesaw State University ( email )

Dept. of Economics, Finance, and Quant. Analysis
560 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States

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