(Cleveland) - Ed FitzGerald wants Cleveland’s major sports teams to compete for a share of one-fifth of the county’s sin tax revenue annually. That would be about $2.6 million dollars a year. How much money each team would receive would be based on performance.
The Cuyahoga County Executive hopes such an incentive might spark the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers to work harder to win a championship.
FitzGerald says it’s been 50 years since the Browns won a championship, the last major Cleveland team to do so. He maintains that’s the longest drought by any city with an NFL, MLB, and an NBA team.
FitzGerald contends fans are frustrated, and his proposal may be the first of its kind in the nation.
The performance criteria would be created by a specially appointed fan advisory panel. The measure would have to be approved by Cuyahoga County Council.
Sin Tax money helps pay for maintenance at Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena, and FirstEnergy Stadium.
(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)