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Huge sums for stadiums, crumbs for racing?

It seems strange that the city and state can build a new baseball, football and basketball stadiums, propose dollars for horse racing and yet fail to support auto racing. Compared to the millions that were spent for stadiums, the amount owed for the Baltimore Grand Prix is a mere pittance. Why are auto racing fans excluded?

The race may have not generated the dollars expected, but it did give Baltimore some international press. How much international press do the existing professional sports produce? The Baltimore Grand Prix will grow bigger over time, and then the dollars will roll in.

Where is the Maryland Stadium Authority? They should be helping to pay some of these bills. Every feasibility study done shows that auto racing will produce out-of-state income.

Edward Berge, Cockeysville

The writer was president of a private group that proposed developing a NASCAR speedway near Martin State Airport in the 1990s.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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