Grits give MLSE $500K for NBA All-Star Game

Rapper Drake (left), who has also been hired as global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto...

Rapper Drake (left), who has also been hired as global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (centre) and Ontario Minister of Tourism and Sport Michael Chan during the 2016 NBA All-Star Game announcement at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Sept. 30, 2013. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

CHRISTINA BLIZZARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

TORONTO - If I were a jock, Id have some kind of basketball slang to describe the way the government slyly gave half a million bucks to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to help support the 2016 NBA all-star game.

If it were cricket, Id be all over it.

I could talk about googleys and silly mid on until your eyes glazed.

Sadly, I dont know a slam dunk from a double-dribble, so Ill give you the gory truth about this basketball cash in plain English.

Your government you know, the same one thats crying poor while spending hundreds of millions of dollars to shuttle unwanted generating plants around the province is giving MLSE $500,000 to offset costs for the hoops hoopla in 2016.

Canadian Taxpayers Federation spokesman Candice Malcolm points out MLSE is a successful sports company owned primarily by two massive telecommunications companies Rogers and Bell.

They really dont need the money. Theyre going to turn a profit. Theyre a successful company, theyre really just trying to pad their bottom line, she told me.


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