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Sports economists: $101M WooSox stadium deal unlikely to beat the odds

Sports economists across the country sharply criticized Worcester’s plan to borrow $101 million to build a ballpark and surrounding hotel development to entice the Pawtucket Red Sox to move to the Canal District, saying Monday public benefits of such stadium deals are often minimal and the spillover effects overstated.
“It virtually never works,” said Nola Agha, a professor at the University of San Francisco who has written about ...

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