In an effort to keep the fine conversations going here are some more talking points.
Are You Pro-Labor or Pro-Owner?
It is hard to pick sides anymore when either of these parties are involved. Do you side with the thirty multi-billionaires who struggle to stay afloat while pulling in sick amounts of media money? Do you side with the 750 mostly multi-millionaires who get paid to play a kids’ game? The minimum those guys make is $500,000 a season, more than most of us will ever make in multi-years or a career.
The multi-billionaires pay a certain amount for their businesses and a few years later their business is worth two, four, ten times what they paid. They go begging for newer, brighter and bigger stadiums with taxpayer backing from governments that can barely keep the lights on. The players make more money than most American business owners make and they are just employees.
And then the agents, who pull a percentage off of what the players make for trying to maximize what the players make, moan when that amount isn’t continuing to escalate like a Saturn missile taking off. OK, I know my age is showing since Saturn missiles haven’t been around since before the first ballplayer (Nolan Ryan) broke the million dollar a year mark in 1980. The highest paid annual salary today is Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. I’m betting that people in your occupation do not make 33 times what one of them made in 1980.
Do we really care how the 30 teams and 750 players split the approximately $10 billion generated every year? Do we care if there is collusion to assure that the top players make $100 million over 5 years instead of $300 million over 10 years?
No, we just want them to shut up and keep playing. And our opinion should matter more than it does, since the $10 billion….comes from us.
Where does baseball rank with you?
It is the off-season for baseball. The Super Bowl is this Sunday. The Winter Olympics crank up next week from South Korea. The NBA is in the middle of the regular season and MISL soccer just had the championship. Hockey is a sport we no longer enjoy locally, but might enjoy again. I’m guessing that baseball is the big sport for most of you, but I don’t really know.
For me the sports rank as follows:
- Major league baseball
- College football
- College basketball
What about you?
Fill in the blank….
- The most critical player for the Astros in 2018 will be________
- The one thing that worries me about the team for 2018 is______
- I will be upset if ______ isn’t given a chance to contribute for the Astros this season.
- I wish former Astro _______ had been with the team when they won the Championship.
So…. your turn.