Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sports Salaries

An awesome editorial in today's Wall Street Journal written by Allen Barra looks at the ridiculously high salaries in sports. Read this quote and you'll want to read the entire article (which isn't too long):

"It isn't some vague indefinable "they" who pays the players. It really isn't even the owners. It's you, or rather, it's us. If we put our money where our mouths are and support cancer, AIDS or Down syndrome research and then buy our tickets with what's left over, athletes and rock stars will actually be paid what we pretend they should be paid. The fault lies not in our All-Stars, but in ourselves."

We are the ones accountable for much of what goes on in the culture through our support of it, even if we complain as we support it. Movie ticket prices go up? We go to the movies anyway. Urban sprawl takes over our towns? We flock to those stores anyway. Movie stars live's are train wrecks? We worship them and buy the magazines and watch the tabloid TV shows that capitalize on that very dysfunction. We despise the lyrics of certain rock bands and give our kids money and allow them to buy that music anyway, or we buy it for them for their birthdays and Christmas, shaking our heads as we do it. We've become blind, resigned or indifferent.

And now a day at the ballpark is no longer as American as apple pie, it's as American as the credit card.

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself." Proverbs 26:4

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