Nba Persuasive Speech Wa State.

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Joel Carey
Persuasive Speech Outline
Speech 100
Spring 2007

I. Attention Step:

Welcome and thank you for coming. So, how many millionaires do we have in the audience tonight? Well, did you know that according to USA Today the average player salary in the National Basketball Association today is $3.7 million dollars per year? Average! The rookie minimum is over $300,000 and Kevin Garnett the NBA’s highest paid player earned $28 million this season. According to Forbes the average value of a franchise in the National Basketball Association is currently around $240 million, a private business group from Oklahoma recently paid $350 million for our Seattle Supersonics franchise. Thesis: Please keep these figures in mind this evening as I discuss with you why our tax dollars should not go towards funding a new arena for the Seattle Supersonics basketball franchise. Preview: This topic should be of concern to all of you and tonight I will explain why through documented statistical evidence. My research will show why it is unreasonable for a professional sports franchise to ask the taxpayers to pay for their playground through our hard earned tax dollars.

II. Need:

A. Proponents of sports facilities have tried to justify public spending on these projects with the claim that they enhance redevelopment in urban areas, however very little research exists that actually supports these claims.

B. Indiana State Professor Thomas Sawyer reports in his article “Financing Facilities 101” that “since 1961 pro sports venues for baseball, basketball, football and hockey franchises have cost approximately $24 billion dollars. The public sector through tax dollars has contributed approximately $15 billion or 64% of that total.

C. These tax dollars are your dollars, your children’s education, your communities parks, your road improvements, your light…...

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