Re: MLB/NBA/NFL all greedy, ungrateful pigs
posted at 5/31/2011 7:32 AM EDT
In Response to Re: MLB/NBA/NFL all greedy, ungrateful pigs
[QUOTE]I totally understand the appreciation for the access. I just don't feel the need for it. My best baseball memories are of vacations on the cape without access to a tv, and only occasional access to a radio. I enjoyed reading my $.35 globe for, what was at the time, the quality writing of people like Peter Gammons and Will McDonough. I enjoyed reading the scoring summary of each relevent half-inning. I liked reading about the plays of the game, and immediately getting insight from the players themselves about a given play. Though I no longer enjoy much of the writing anymore, I still do enjoy pouring over the box scores and reading inning summaries. You can all keep your blue teeth, and web enabled phones, and immediate worldwide access to everything you want. I, personally, don't need it. Much of the time, I don't want it. Baseball fans have it better than ever...without all of that. Players are a part of the problem. Fans are too. Nobody is immune from it. What came first? Were the fans too willing to overpay? The owners too willing to overpay for talent? Players too willing to leave for 2% more and threatening holdouts or being malcontents? Who would I blame? At this point, it starts at the top for me: Owners/Execs. I do love the game. On the field. 9 innings at a time, sometimes a few more. What I don't love is the greed, and entitlement of fans/players/owners/TV stations/..., and the lack of appreciation for what's supposed to make it so great. Of course owners have always cared about money. Now, however, money is the #1 motivator for everything. I won't buy into it. I can love and enjoy the game without paying for the excess of it. And at the end of the day, only fans can bring down the cost of any of it. If players took a 50% pay cut, does anyone honestly believe it would come back to the fans? Really? Any of it? Doubtful. Only if the fans stopped going, and buying, and paying money on top of money on top of merchandise, tickets, subscription fees, vanity plates, red sox nation memberships...only then would owners and players have to take notice. But that would never happen. People will keep paying, owners will keep chatging, and players will keep demanding.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
Recent financial troubles of franchises like the Rangers (borrowing money to make payroll) and the Dodgers (MLB intervention in expenses), and the NY Mets (misplaced investments by the owner) point to the unsustainable sports bubble.
Whenever a franchise is sold, that deal further escalates the paper profits of each owner, who has a voting stake on the approval of the sale. How great would it be if my neighbor could only sell his house if I approved it? My own home value would continue to rise, I guarantee it.
There are many franchises built upon questionable financing, the Cubs went through a bankruptcy, just so they could be sold, that's just wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if some teams just go out of business, after all, there are only so many billionaires willing to provide the capital injection needed to rescue the balance sheets.
The NFL,and NBA have labor unrest, and the NBA, with it's player created all-star teams like the Miami Heat, have the most rotten core, the NFL is not too far behind, and given it's lack of regard for injured ex-players has a broken morality at it's center. The end has arrived for municipal financing of stadiums, governments have more important priorities for their communities, so free loading owners will have to pay their own freight, it's about time too.