Friday 30 October, 2020

POLL: Should the Tallawahs get more financial support from Government?

Jamaica Tallawahs players celebrate a wicket in a 2018 Caribbean Premier League game.

Jamaica Tallawahs players celebrate a wicket in a 2018 Caribbean Premier League game.

The Tallawahs are out of the 2018 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), and possibly Jamaica, according to media reports.

The Jamaica Tallawahs' nail-biting loss to the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Wednesday night brought the curtain down on a rollercoaster season for the CPL franchise in which they stirred controversy with their decision to play the majority of their 'home' games outside the island, in Florida.

In response to questions raised about the controversial move, Jamaica Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller pointed to the financial challenge of hosting games at Sabina Park in Kingston - it reportedly cost the Tallawahs more than $9 million to play two games at Sabina Park this season - and complained that the franchise receives little support from Jamaica, particularly the Jamaican government.

Miller reportedly said the Government indicated that it saw little value in the Tallawahs and, as a result, the franchise is the only CPL team operating without financial support from their respective Caribbean state.

With Miller reportedly indicating that the Tallawahs will need greater support from the Government if it is to remain in Jamaica, the possibility of the franchise leaving the island appears to be a serious option.

Sports Minister Olivia Grange said the Government provided support, to the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise, amounting to $2.9 million in 2015 and $4.5 million in 2017, but was unable to support the team this year because the request came late. 

However, while some believe that the Government must step up their financial support of the team, others oppose the use of public funds in that manner while pointing to the fact that the state already forked out millions of US dollars in upgrading Sabina Park including the installation of lights to facilitate CPL night games.

Against that background, we want to hear from our readers. Tell us what you want Government to do in the poll below.

Should Jamaica Tallawahs get more financial support from Government?

Yes, it's a worthwhile investment
No, it would be a waste of taxpayer dollars

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