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  •  My local chicken wing take-out supports (12+ / 0-)

    Little League teams.  As do local pizza places.

    Car dealerships aren't monopolies when it comes to such.

    Does Apple support Little League teams where they have stores?  How about Amazon, which sells items you can often find locally?

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:38:25 AM PDT

    •  Supporting Little League is marketing, not charity (18+ / 0-)

      My kids' youth sports leagues have sponsorships from local pizza places, sporting goods stores, etc.  Those sponsorships are very good investments for the businesses -- parents buy their kids' sports equipment at those stores and take their kids out for pizza after their games.

      "Supporting Little League" is marketing.  It's not charity.

      Please help to fight hunger in the U.S. by making a donation to Feeding America.

      by MJB on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:45:16 AM PDT

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      •  I agree and never thought otherwise (4+ / 0-)

        Of course, taking that reality-based tack, the dealership argument is shown to be even more disingenuous.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 11:48:08 AM PDT

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      •  Trust me, MJB, (13+ / 0-)

        if you saw the team my younger son played on in his second year, you'd KNOW it was charity.

        "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by Gentle Giant on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 12:11:15 PM PDT

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        •  One of my kids' teams isn't that good, either (3+ / 0-)
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          But us parents are buying their equipment at the sporting goods stores and taking the kids for pizza after the games.  

          The ROI on those sponsorships is very good.

          Please help to fight hunger in the U.S. by making a donation to Feeding America.

          by MJB on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 07:02:13 AM PDT

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          •  The team I speak of won 1 game all season long- (1+ / 0-)
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            against the 1st place team.
            Their pitcher had gone into premature puberty and stood about 5'8" to the others' 4'10" or so. He was deadly accurate and purposely beaned my son, sending him in a shaken state to 1st base.
            I complained to their coach, a friend & coworker who I carpooled with, that this was little league, not the majors, and got a shrug.
            So I had a little word with my son, telling him the pitcher had done it to spook him and he just HAD to get a hit next up to show him it didn't work.
            The next at bat for my son was the only home run he had that season. It was an in-the-park home run. The outfield was so used to not having to field anything they were caught daydreaming. By the time they scooped up the ball & threw to second, Brian had rounded the base. The second baseman was so bewildered, he threw the ball into the stands, about 5' over the third baseman.
            Brian's team won by one run.
            Being a first place team in Little League means that when you lose to a pathetic last place team, you complain a LOT and loudly. Then you start pointing fingers at your teammates.
            My buddy had a lot on his hands after that game.

            "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

            by Gentle Giant on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:50:04 AM PDT

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    •  Of course that just raises the question... (2+ / 0-)
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      wader, JerryNA

      ...why are local businesses doing this?  If a community thinks that kids sports are that important, the local community can simply institute a tax, spread the cost out to everyone in very small amounts, pool the resources, and fund it all.

      I don't get the whole model of "we have to protect the rich folks because of their charity".  We don't need, nor should we be beholden to, their (ideas of!) charity.

      •  Right, the theme is a lie (1+ / 0-)
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        The rich are not general society's supporters - that's supposed to be our government's reuse of tax dollars.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 08:27:56 AM PDT

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