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# Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of As

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Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.
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17 Jan 2017, 11:02
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Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

However there could be some other reason that ticket sales are low. The other reason is described in option D. Hence D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion.

Please note that the correct answer should attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Hence option C is incorrect. (Such an option is frequently given as a trap.)
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17 Jan 2017, 00:05
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17 Jan 2017, 14:51
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Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.

As written, either C or D could be correct. If the conclusion read 'it is clear that Ashton is not interested in professional soccer', D would be correct for the reasons described here (it provides an alternative explanation, other than lack of interest - which is common in weaken problems.)

However, since the conclusion doesn't mention professional soccer specifically, C certainly does weaken it, by showing evidence that Ashton is, in fact, interested in soccer. D is a more 'GMAT-like' answer, but that's not a decision you'd need to make on the test. There's something wrong with this problem.
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18 Jan 2017, 03:05
Hi sayantanc2k,

Please explain how choice C attacks conclusion in isolation and choice D attack at the LINK between premise and conclusion. Thanks.
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18 Jan 2017, 18:37
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Hi sayantanc2k,

Please explain how choice C attacks conclusion in isolation and choice D attack at the LINK between premise and conclusion. Thanks.

Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

An observation or fact is given - this fact is used as the premise. From this premise the cause of such observation (conclusion) is arrived at.
Option D illustrates an alternative cause for the observation/ premise. i.e. this option attacks the CAUSAL RELATION, which is the core of the argument. Therefore option D is correct

Option C attacks only the conclusion, just by stating another observation that might show that the conclusion may not be true. But option C has nothing to do with the CAUSAL RELATION between the premise and conclusion. Therefore Option C is wrong.

For further understanding, you may refer to this post about an official question that incorporates similar trap:
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09 Mar 2017, 13:53
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nitiny wrote:
Hi Experts ,

Regards
Nitin

Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

However there could be some other reason that ticket sales are low. The other reason is described in option D. Hence D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion.

Please note that the correct answer should attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Hence option C is incorrect. (Such an option is frequently given as a trap.)

can we assume the the ticket prices are high enought to be out of budget of the people? because thats what has to be assumed for D to be correct.
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11 Mar 2017, 13:32
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sayantanc2k wrote:
nitiny wrote:
Hi Experts ,

Regards
Nitin

Premise: Ashton has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales.
Conclusion: Ashton is not interested in soccer.

However there could be some other reason that ticket sales are low. The other reason is described in option D. Hence D attacks the link between the premise and conclusion.

Please note that the correct answer should attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion, not the conclusion in isolation. Hence option C is incorrect. (Such an option is frequently given as a trap.)

can we assume the the ticket prices are high enought to be out of budget of the people? because thats what has to be assumed for D to be correct.

Yes, a weakening statement does not need to confirm that the conclusion is wrong. It just needs to weaken the argument. The same is true for strengthening statement, i.e. it does not need to confirm that the argument is true.
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27 May 2018, 11:50
PathFinder007 wrote:
Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Solution: C

Begin this Weaken question by identifying the conclusion, negating it, and looking for support for the negation. The negation here is “Ashton may be interested in soccer”, and (C) provides evidence to support that assertion: just because Ashton doesn’t care about PROFESSIONAL soccer doesn’t mean that it doesn’t care about any kind of soccer.
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27 May 2018, 12:14
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PathFinder007 wrote:
Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Solution: C

Begin this Weaken question by identifying the conclusion, negating it, and looking for support for the negation. The negation here is “Ashton may be interested in soccer”, and (C) provides evidence to support that assertion: just because Ashton doesn’t care about PROFESSIONAL soccer doesn’t mean that it doesn’t care about any kind of soccer.

Hey Bunuel

The OE is C but the OA(in the spoiler) is D?

Can you confirm and correct whichever is wrong?
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27 May 2018, 12:17
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Bunuel wrote:
PathFinder007 wrote:
Despite the best efforts of our national soccer league, the city of Ashton refuses to adequately support its professional franchise, which has the lowest ratings, revenue, and season ticket sales of any in the league. Therefore it is clear that Ashton is not interested in soccer.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the argument?

A. Ashton’s franchise has been in existence for over twenty years.
B. Ashton is nationally renowned for its professional basketball team, perhaps the most successful in the history of the country.
C. Ashton has two long established collegiate soccer programs that dominate media coverage in the city.
D.Ashton has the lowest average income per capita of any city in the league.
E. Ashton has refused to build a new stadium to support the franchise.

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Solution: C

Begin this Weaken question by identifying the conclusion, negating it, and looking for support for the negation. The negation here is “Ashton may be interested in soccer”, and (C) provides evidence to support that assertion: just because Ashton doesn’t care about PROFESSIONAL soccer doesn’t mean that it doesn’t care about any kind of soccer.

Hey Bunuel

The OE is C but the OA(in the spoiler) is D?

Can you confirm and correct whichever is wrong?

This is VEritas Prep question and the OA given in the original source is C. Edited. Thank you.
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