Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Hamilton County is underwater on the deal that built Paul Brown Stadium and GABP -- I doubt you'll see public dollars pledged for ANY major capital campaigns in the county for a long time.
Though, if I could choose, I would much rather have a new arena combined with a successful NHL / NBA team than a football stadium and a football team. From a purely economic viewpoint, an NFL team brings people downtown 10 times per year -- mostly on Sunday mornings and Sunday afternoons, where they're less likely to patronize other downtown establishments and spend money in the city. With an NHL or NBA team, you're talking 40+ home dates mostly at night -- where there at least exists a possibility for spillover business to local restaurants and bars pre/post game.
I see where you are coming from on the economic standpoint. But I will use baseball as an example, attendance is always highest on the week-ends. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games will normally outdraw Monday-Thursday ones. Why? I imagine it is due to people's work schedules. I use to have a Pacers season ticket package. Nothing worse than driving 2 hours one way to watch a game during the middle of the week that didnt get over until 11 pm and then drive 2 hours back only to get up at 6 am to go to work. It all comes down to whether a city can sustain attendance 41 times a year. And where that attendance base comes from to see the games.