Buffalo News says cancel ESG
Last week I wrote about the cutbacks and possible $300 charge for the Empire State Games.
Keith McShea followed up with a great story in the Buffalo News today, basically saying the games are dead and should just be canceled.
Hopefully some sort of funding can be restored. State funding for the Games went from $2.7 million to zero. The Games can certainly be streamlined — a scholastic-only competition isn’t the worst thing. But making athletes pay? No way. How about cutting funding in half? Since when does Albany work this quickly and decisively?
The state’s announcement included the caveat that for the 2010 Games, scheduled to be held in Buffalo, that there is “hope of reinstating the suspended competitions, as well as revisiting the new fee structure.”
But we know how that goes. Once something is cut from a budget, good luck getting it back.
The story is a good read and makes some great points. As one of many Empire State Games fans, I am sad to hear about all these cut-backs. But I hate to say it, this is the beginning of the end.