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Football is not a very popular sport in the U.S. To make [#permalink]
02 Jul 2006, 12:58
72% (02:59) correct
28% (01:40) wrong based on 10 sessions
Football is not a very popular sport in the U.S. To make more people like the game and watch it on TV (and therefore bringing in more money from commercial ads), the football association proposed several changes to make the game more active and attractive. One of the suggestions is to grow grass on the football fields that would be water resistant on the surface. This will make the game run smoother, as often times football players slide on wet grass and therefore lose the ball.
Which of the following is a better suggestion, the one that will make the game more financially attractive to football clubs and investors in the U.S. and other parts of the world?
a. Building stadiums with roofs that cover 100% of the stadium is considerably cheaper than using water resistant grass in U.S.
b. Football games should be advertised more on TV in order to attract such audiences that never watched football before. This is an unsure solution, as the ROI in this case is doubtful.
c. U.S. needs to attract more foreign players to make the games more attractive by offering them such benefits that they cannot refuse.
d. Research shows that planting water resistant grass is very ineffective as it increases the costs of running a stadium and would not enable football stadium owners make much profit off the sales of the tickets. Therefore, investors should invest more in the football players' shoes to make them run smooth on wet surfaces.
e. Football should cease to exist and more money needs to be channelled in other sports, like baseball and american football. More investments into popular sports will bring in more profit off the sports.
Last edited by Praetorian on 02 Jul 2006, 14:50, edited 1 time in total.
a) may apply to the us only - what about the other parts of the world?
b) ROI is doubtful, as already mentioned
c) The Godfather way - 'make them an offer they can't refuse'. Doesn't make it attractive to investors.
d) provides an alternative approach.
e) The Osama way - absolute NO.
a) may apply to the us only - what about the other parts of the world? b) ROI is doubtful, as already mentioned c) The Godfather way - 'make them an offer they can't refuse'. Doesn't make it attractive to investors. d) provides an alternative approach. e) The Osama way - absolute NO.
Brilliant observation, sadly GMAT doesn't test us on this .
from what I understand... the argument is about raising money for the sport in the US and make people watch it on TV in the US...
thus A, has a little to do with the argument, as roofs might bring more people to the stadium, but not watch games on TV, since players slide on the grass because it is wet. The fact that roof is built does not mean that the grass will suddenly be dry... player will still slide and lose the ball
B goes against the argument
C may or may not be true
E is out of scope
D is the only choice that stands out, as it deals with all the premises mentioned in the argument.
The correct answer is D. Paddyboy's explanation is very good.
a. mentions a cheaper way, but does it solve the problem? we do not have all the information to properly conclude this one is the best option.
b. the statement says that 'this is an unsure solution'. it is automatically false. again, should there be more concrete data, we could possibly pick this one.
c. besides being a Godfather approach, we do not know about the value of those offers. building new roofs might be cheaper and a better solution, for example.
d. says the proposal with new kind of grass is inefficient and explains why. then, deals with the problem from another angle. plus, this option answers 'and the other parts of the world' part of the question.
e. obviously there just to take your attention off the main issue.
Paddyboy, I have a question for you. Option A talks about the popularity of football in U.S.But why should we not choose A as the argument just talks about U.S.
The question mentions - "Which of the following is a better suggestion, the one that will make the game more financially attractive to football clubs and investors in the U.S. and other parts of the world? "
Which is why I took it out without thinking too much about it. Testwriter's explanation about this is good