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-- Washington DC is experiencing a sports boom.
The city's economy getting a boost trouble those rich federal workers and the sports teams are seeing it to.
Joining us now is Greg -- big smile underscores cover wind -- -- he's pulling in your money ladies and gentlemen he is the president and as CEO of events DC Greg thanks for coming humble thank you for having -- here and now the bottom line is there is a sports -- him in DC you an online sang -- because there's so much federal money being spread around to those federal -- -- on the lobbyists and you'll are taking some of that money -- you.
I'd like to believe that's through it and fortunately I would hope that it's -- for other reasons you know we actually been focused really on trying to drive more event programming particularly in sports and even on the convention -- for what we do.
And that really is about attracting visitors and we want visitors to -- -- -- Baghdad and not nice line of the reason I have not yet it is a sports movement it is for sure and for us not only -- the teams certainly doing well and getting better we think the nationals for example are gonna get so playoffs this year but we're also focus on building new events and creating events that would drive businesses -- -- as an example we had the military -- -- -- fourth year which is the college football -- that we do -- historic -- stadium.
Then we just created a new football game called the eighteenth two nations football classic.
Be our second year this fall in this in this -- we have created this having gets you come up with the idea is this big game we did so the stadium we we did so again -- the commission sports authority which -- a -- side governmental agencies that would have a -- -- really does actually take the risk and really try to create these events to bring -- -- -- so.
Do you take taxpayer moments.
And so we actually generate money from our own events but we do get a portion of the hotel tax and actually sustain some operation but the thought is is that -- we can actually drive more visitors here but -- to put people hotels people who restaurant so that's really how our industry structure and and it's not.
Unusual for other cities are actually structure that -- it's -- maybe I should rephrase the question on you paid by the federal tax via we're not by the federal -- final local nightclub uninvited visitors is what you get money from the taxpayer we -- for sure.
All of your money.
Not all her money so we generated through -- of -- programming as well as the hotel tax and really.
You know you should also know that the hospitality industry is the second largest finishing Washington DC.
We probably employ about 7000 people you're so you usually this is just educate -- absolutely got to give us -- -- -- -- the television -- and I -- to six point -- I didn't know better often.
I -- have a last question sure loads of four NS in Washington DC yes full 'cause immigrants of all over the world and foreign visitors to yes I take it that -- is big.
DC soccer's very big -- just started DC united in their season this year very -- -- you events DC so we host them at our -- stadiums -- should be clear but there are so in a Major League franchise -- happy to have -- Washington DC were happy about the season -- -- -- of course think that's -- will take off big time in America we do we do actually what you would what do you absolutely absolutely and is -- these specifically -- totally wrong.
-- cycle will never take off in America why do you think that Americans will watch soccer that is played in Europe and they'll watch it on satellite television they'll watch -- united Barcelona realm Madrid arsenal Chelsea maxis and it.
That's who don't watch they'll LeapFrog over -- local -- okay but the exposure to those it seems they're crosses at the borders certainly will help us at.
You'll see more talent and more training on -- build you know certainly the franchise -- scrambling right yeah I think I'll say it is a good thing life he offensive.
I'll tell you what I hope that you might be back when it is we get had to discuss a media Redskins won Payton man.
I don't believe they do but we'll see we'll -- they're they're gonna actually position themselves for high draft Slotnick they'll do very well.
-- eight currently he's with the events DC shortly is taking a good job with the diplomatic -- -- yeah diplomatic got -- -- thank you much indeed thank you for having these things are.
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