Re: Sports salary question
posted at 1/31/2013 1:22 PM EST
The sad thing is that we are even having discussions like this.
Remember when the NFL had a final game ( and it was usually in Green Bay or Chicago in cold temperatures) and it was just a championship game to determine what team would hoist a trophy? ...Now it's damn close to the biggest spectacle on this planet. A showcase for pop singers, commercialism and you name it. The actual game takes a back seat to all the unending analytic posturing of the commetators, former greats and experts on strategy. If only the game was as long as all the speculation and the hype....but the average NFL game contains a whole 11 minutes of live ball time.....think about it 11 MINUTES!
Baseball is becoming more soap opera than a game. We spend endless hours debating salary, clubhouse chemistry, front office strategy and whether guys are on steroids. Is A-Rod dating that rich celebrity?...is Hamilton drinking again?....how does a clown like Napoli get $13 million?
Shouldn't we concentrate on the actual gameplay?...how many discussions do we have about actual plays made in games, opposed to stuff that happens off the field?
The more you think of it, the more you realize that T.V. and the entertainment business has hijacked sports, taken from the real sports fan in order to sell it to the casual fan....to get more visibilty , higher ratings , so that more people are watching that Dominoes Pizza ad, and more people are buying pizza...
..sports today is used a vehicle for commercial means, the game is the come-on for what they really want you to watch, the ads....commercials or banners plastered all over the walls, boards and scoreboard.
That's why they are getting paid so damn much money, not because they are good athlets, but because they are good salesmen for corporate America.