I often post about how professional sports just take money out of Buffalo without returning anything. There's nothing inherently wrong with that, of course, as long as the money isn't extracted through taxes to constantly update Wilson Stadium. It's just that we're told that pro-sports contribute to our economic development, while they don't -- with one exception.
Delaware North Cos.' Sportservice truly has a home field advantage in the World Series.
The Buffalo-based concessions giant handles concessions at the home stadiums of both the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals, giving Sportservice a lucrative source of extra business with every game.
"When you have extra games, it means extra revenue," said Rick Abramson, the Sportservice president.
To handle the World Series push, Sportservice has brought in 12 guest chefs from some of its other venues, including US Cellular Field and Petco Park, to come up with other dining options for fans, especially those in luxury suites.
"We're flying people back and forth" between Detroit and St. Louis, said spokeswoman Judy Lucas.
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States. It reputedly employs some 30,000 world wide and, no doubt, has returned billions in profits to good old Buffalo. In the end we're probably a lot better off having sold coffee, hot dogs and beer to sports fans in other cities than buying skyboxes in our own.