Thanks for your engagement with my America’s Cup post the other day. I saw a couple of comments raising the issue of the All Blacks and funding events like The Rugby World Cup.
Well, I think we shouldn’t put tax payer money into any professional sport .
I certainly think we should fund amateur sports.
Well, because that’s where our professional sports people get their start and encouraging people to play a sport is generally good for the physical and mental well-being of people throughout our nation.
If I recall correctly this was the idea behind the creation of the Ministry of Sport and Recreation back in 1972 when it’s first Minister Joe Walding launched the
“Come Alive” campaign to get Kiwis off the couch and enjoying the outdoors instead of watching TV.
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You might well think we need such a campaign again today
Be that as it may I don’t think we should be putting state money into professional sporting events.
Amateur sport Yes.
Funding Olympics and Paralympics. Yes
Professional sports ? No.
And if you are of a neoliberal economic mind set then I’d suggest you can’t argue that governments should not interfere in business and yet want tax payer money to cover business expenses.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.