Spring Training Hosts Reap Economic Rewards

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Baseball's spring training is lucrative business in Florida.

The 2009 Florida Grapefruit League season boosted the state's economy by an estimated $752 million, the Florida Sports Foundation reported Wednesday.

The 39-day 2009 Florida spring training season drew 1,561,873 fans to 259 games at 15 locations, producing a $47 million average economic impact per each community hosting a Major League team.

A study commissioned by the foundation reported that spring training created 9,205 full-time or part-time jobs.

The largest source of money from spring training baseball operations is fan spending, which accounted for 91 percent of the total expenditures generated earlier this year.

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