The PGA tour stop in Sioux Falls, won’t affect 99.9% of us

Before you start calling me a Negative Nancy, I will first say as a Positive Pete, that I think it is a good thing the old guy PGA tour is coming to Sioux Falls, and it certainly WON’T have a negative affect on our economy. In fact, it will draw publicity to the city for sporting events, and I am sure some deals will be cut between our mucky-muck. I get it.

But all this fanfare like this is the greatest thing since sliced bread is laughable.

I could go on and on about our crime rate increases, our lack of affordable housing, good jobs and a slowing economy and sales tax revenue. The PGA tour doesn’t fix any of these problems, and that is kind of my point.

We often like to sit around and try to act like a sporting event coming to town is some kind of game changer. As I said to someone, “Looks like a bunch of old rich Sioux Falls people watching a bunch of old rich golfers play golf.”

So Denny opened his wallet. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. But will it have an effect on the 99.9% of hardworking Sioux Falls residents? Probably not. But I sure like Arnold Palmers.


#1 Thomas on 06.11.17 at 11:06 pm

I would agree and disagree, each in part. What Sioux Falls needs is for revenue to go up, economic development to continue, and, most importantly, have somebody In office who can manage it for the greater good of the city.

I give you this link:

This will show you what athletic events (done the right way) can do for the economic impact of the city. The PGA Champions Tour in and of itself cannot do anything for the city. However, what we do with the benefits, proceeds, marketability, and all other benefits that it provides is the key question.

Do we have the right people in charge of our city and our economic future to be able to use this event(and it’s proceeds) to benefit us all?

#2 l3wis on 06.11.17 at 11:42 pm

My point exactly. You can bring a horse to water.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 06.12.17 at 10:27 am

There’s not enough hotel rooms and restaurants in Sioux Falls. The city got into the hotel business competing with private enterprise. They can’t compete with free public money. Restaurant chains stay away because there’s to many approvals and fees from city hall. Worst of all, TIF’s subsidize unfair pricing. Let’s not forget public money paid for a 6 court private Wimbledon owned by the mayor.

#4 anominous on 06.12.17 at 11:32 am

On golf, btw, the old Westward ho gcc really picked itself a trumpian looking logo for its makeover. Is that a case for copyright infringement?

#5 Emoluments Clause on 06.12.17 at 1:53 pm

At the tournament, the topic of the day will most likely be, “I wonder what the poor people are doing right now?”

With such a tournament, our town will merely be a caddie to outside wealth. Even if it results in outside wealth eventually coming to Sioux Falls to develop that is….

And our increased obsession with sporting events in this town to make us feel good is analogous to how communist countries, and especially those during the Cold War, would try to drive patriotism, unity, and morale through sporting events and the successes of a nations Olympic team at the expense of the real issues like freedom, opportunity, and a bright future.

What we need in Sioux Falls is not more cheerleading or moments of mass political adoration, rather we need a quarterback and a couple good receivers, and running backs too, who are willing to end the wage suppression in this town. Because only then, will crime no longer pay and housing will become more affordable…. And then perhaps more of us will have the time to tee-off too and say, “Oh, so this is how the rich spend their time, huh?”

#6 Fluff Mc Fluffin on 06.12.17 at 2:18 pm

Negative Nancy.

#7 Emoluments Clause on 06.12.17 at 3:45 pm

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Harry S. Truman

#8 Reliable Voter on 06.12.17 at 5:56 pm

Clause: thinking of you,

#9 Emoluments Clause on 06.12.17 at 10:39 pm

Thanks RV! 😉