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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Daily Rant

I believe I have already expressed my disdain for professional sports with their overpaid and undeserving athletes who complain that they can not “feed their family” on only 9 million dollars a year. And yet, owners keep paying these players exorbitant sums of money to play a game. The money to pay these salaries comes partially from TV revenue and partially from merchandizing, but a bulk of the money comes from ticket sales.
In today’s edition of the Washington Post Sports section (February 23, 2006), there is an article that discusses the Washington Wizards raising their tickets prices for next season at the MCI Center. Next season, seats in the lower-bowl Rows A – G, in the center three sections closest to half court will charge $175 per seat per game, up from between $110 and $114 this season, and the VIP seats on the arena floor will increase from $750 to $800 next season. The Washington Post quotes Matt Williams, a spokesperson for Washington Sports & Entertainment, the Abe Pollin-led company that owns a majority of the MCI Center and the Wizards, as saying, “We have evaluated our tickets prices and the ticket prices throughout the NBA and determined that the ticket prices…need to increase to allow us to remain competitive in the league.”
Now, NBA teams plays 81 games a season and roughly 40 of those are home games, so next season the Washington Wizards will make $32,000 of just one VIP seat at the MCI Center because they need to “remain competitive” within in the league, but what do they need to stay competitive with? The NBA has a salary cap and although the Larry Bird exclusion allows teams to pay a player additional money that is not covered within the salary cap, when did the Wizards have a player that was as good as Bird, or even close to as good as Bird, or who could even carry Birds jockstrap on a good day? The Wizards don’t have a Kobe, or Shaq, or Garnett, and yet they pay even mediocre players ridiculous sums of money because regardless of how you feel about paying $800 to watch a basketball game, there is some idiot who is going to pay it. And $800 is relatively low for a floor seat at an NBA game; according to the website for the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, tickets prices can be over $2,000. What idiot pays this kind of money?
Until we collectively decide that athletes make enough money and either watch at home, read about the games in our daily paper, or check out the Internet to get live game feeds and box score, players’ salaries are only going to continue to rise. And as players salaries rise to levels that compete with the GDP of small countries, the deplorable actions of these self created demigods will only continue.
I do not go to NBA of NBL games, I do not buy their merchandize and I don’t watch their games on TV, and although I have been to NFL games, I have not been to one in more than 5 years and I do not buy NFL merchandise. Instead of throwing money away to support the spending habits of professional athletes, I say watch college football where each game can make or break a season, or March Madness with the excitement of win or go home, or even the College or Little League World Series where ballplayers find a reason to perform other than their wallets. I enjoy watching professional athletes perform but I refuse to sell my car to watch it in person.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

True Dat, Publius! I like that they say they must raise prices to "remain competitive." The Wizz haven't been competitive in years. What a joke.

Fri Feb 24, 05:20:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Not exactly true, they did make the playoffs last year and defeated the Bulls in the first round to move on to the second round. But, they are one of the worst run organizations in the NBA. This is a team that has lost or traded such talent as Rip Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Juan Dixon, Larry Hughes, and Rasheed Wallace. If this was fantasy basketball, they would be last in the league.

Fri Feb 24, 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, how weak is that conference if both the WIzz and the Bulls made the playoffs last year? Waaaayyyy too many good players have made stops in DC, and gone somewhere else. Can you imagine being on such a terrible team and tyring to justify that incredible salary? Highway robbery.

Fri Feb 24, 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

At least the Wizards made the playoffs, look at the Knicks and Marbury’s salary and there you will see highway robbery.

Thu Mar 02, 12:02:00 AM  

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