He noted that hotel rooms are already booked in Cleveland for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.
House Bill 531 would wipe out grant limits and would set up a new pool of money, funded through increased tax revenues from the sporting events that generate at least $250,000 in new tax revenues for the state. Half of the increased taxes would go to the state, while the other half would go to the local host community to cover eligible expenses such as marketing, hospitality or security.
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State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, said he wants more information about how economic activity will be calculated and whether hotel rooms sold in Kentucky for Cincinnati-area events would be included in the calculation.
David Gilbert, chief executive of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said in a good year, Ohio might host one or two events that are large enough to generate at least $250,000 in additional money.