The Scottish government will contribute 80% of the cost of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland will contribute the remaining 20%. It would appear that the core funding for Commonwealth Games Scotland comes from the taxpayer.
This means that the taxpayer will pay for the vast majority of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Having watched the following video, and after some years of wondering just how much a country benefits, I've decided it doesn't. We're going to be more in debt.
Since the likes of the Olympics and Commonwealth Games admitted professionals, both competitions have lost any interest for me. Allowing professional athletes into the arena paved the way for international sponsors. Perhaps parts of Glasgow will be rebuilt to benefit Glaswegians, but, like the rest of Scotland, they'll be paying for it for many years to come.
Surely there is a much cheaper, and certainly more effective, way of encouraging our young to enjoy sport.