Sports Teams Received $232 Million In PPP Loans Intended To Help Out Small Businesses

Sports Teams Received 232 Million In PPP Loans For Small Businesses

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3,968 sports businesses received $1.72 billion in Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, loans intended to help support small businesses during the pandemic. 286 sports businesses received loans of $1 million or more with $232 million of that money went to teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, Orlando City SC, and Roush Fenway Racing.

According to a recent analysis of the PPP data, Sportico found that $781.8 million of that money went to fitness and recreation centers, $270.3 million went to sporting goods retailers, $181.9 million was given to athletic goods manufacturers, $170.4 million went to sports instruction businesses, $84.5 million went to assorted other sports-related enterprises, while the rest went to sports teams.

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In all, 473 sports teams, athletic conferences and halls of fame received PPP loans.

Lemieux Group, which owns a large portion of the Pittsburgh Penguins, got $4.82 million in PPP money.

Major League Soccer teams in Washington D.C., Seattle and Orlando each received more than $1.7 million. (Sportico points out that Orlando City SC is reportedly close to selling for $400 million.)

Several racing teams also received millions in PPP loans, including RCR Enterprises ($6.33 million), Chip Ganassi Racing ($3.96 million), Andretti Autosport ($2.3 milion), and Roush Fenway Racing ($3.53 million).

The New York Racing Association, which operates the Aqueduct, received the maximum $10 million PPP loan, as did the Belmont and Saratoga horse tracks.

Fubo TV, which touts itself as a premier provider of sports content, received a PPP loan of $4.7 million. Yet, in October, this same company raised $183 million cash in an IPO.

According to the United States Small Businesss Administration (SBA), “The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.”

However, the definition of a “small business” by the SBA is probably not what the average person would consider to be “small.”

Small business financial resource website Fundera states that the definition of a small business by the SBA “varies by industry, but a small business is one that has fewer than 1,500 employees and a maximum of $38.5 million in average annual receipts.”

If 1,500 employees and $38.5 million in revenue seems like a but more than a “small” business to you, you’re not alone.

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