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Economic benefit is a losing argument. Perhaps short-term stimulus in terms of construction, but nothing sustainable. Long-term economic benefit is very suspect. Job creation does not offset job loss to other recreational prusuits that the team draws peoople away from. Even the big four sports can't prove economic benefit conclusively.
This is a quality of life issue. I'd love to see a pro soccer team in Portland. Because I live in Bend, I would be very appreciative of the people of Portland for paying for it.
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