What’s all this I hear about millionaires going on strike*?
From my listening post in Cairo I’m a little more concerned that I’ll get caught in the middle of an uprising or worse, a monstrous traffic snarl, but I can’t help but hear bits of news about basketball players wanting to sit out the season because they want more money.
Or maybe it’s greedy owners not content to just have one luxury yacht for each family member.
Either way, I have never understood how the American sports-going public can even think about putting up with this sort of folderol.
A few years ago I was actually hoping and praying that the millionaire baseball players and owners would cancel a season. In fact, I even wrote an opinion piece for the Arizona Republic about it.
“The problem is that we have an economic death spiral here. Owners need butts in the bleachers and pay players royal sums to attract the butts’ owners.”
Did you ever hear of triple A-league baseball players going on strike? I reckon if the major league millionaires and owners canceled a season, fans could just turn to the minor leagues and enjoy a level of athleticism not all that far from the Bigs.
Of course the reason players can command multimillion dollar salaries–and that’s not even counting endorsements and the fact that they get to be thugs in cities around the country for free–is that the fans are willing to pay exorbitant ticket prices and ridiculous food and beverage tabs at the stadium, ballpark or arena.
“Even if your friendly neighborhood power forward plays only six years, it would still take your school psychologist or teacher 160 years to catch up.”
If the fans as a group got together and said, “Look, we’re having enough trouble just buying gas for our cars and maybe going to a movie matinée, so you millionaires who could buy a car with the money you make in just about a half hour, you go ahead and sit out the season and we’ll use the money we save on concession stand nachos to pay our rent this month or buy books for our kids at school.”
You guys are mad at Wall Street? Save your breath. Why not put your efforts where it will actually make a difference. Occupy the Millionaires Fight Club.
Remember Howard Beale.