November 2, 2009

Absolute Craziness

So today I was having lunch with my good friend Ron and we were talking about my baseball blog post from yesterday. Then we got on the subject of the ridiculous prices of players' salaries and professional games of all types. I decided to Google a few facts. Did you know that the top 10 baseball players each make between $18.3 and 28 million a year? Did you know the average price for a family of four to attend a game in Boston is $276 with parking, a few hot dogs, 2 hats and a program? An NFL game costs the same family $301? Then again the average family of 4 spends $180 just to get into Six Flags. Sports Illustrated did a piece where it sent a reporter to a baseball game that took 3 hours and 15 minutes. The ball was actually in play for 12 minutes and 22 seconds. The rest of the time was spent "spitting, jumping in and out of the batting box and players adjusting themselves". Sports Illustrated said that, not me. Does anyone see the absurdity in this? Some steroid juiced, muscle head makes $20 million to throw or hit a ball (usually not both) while teachers in the United States are pulling down an average of $43,000 a year. South Dakota's average is $32.5K, California's is $55K. That means that a teacher with two kids probably can't afford to go to a baseball game.
I think EVERYONE should boycott ALL sporting events and demand that ticket prices for any game be no more than $15 for adults, $7 for kids. Until then, the stadiums should be empty and Alex Rodriguez should never make more than $100K. And no $7.50 hot dogs, no $8.75 beers or $6.50 sodas. It's bullshit and robbery.
If a teacher makes $43K/yr during a lifetime of working, say, 30 years, he or she will pull down a total of $1.2 million. That's what Alex Rodriguez makes in 2 weeks of swinging a bat and pulling on his nuts.
If this isn't the most fucked up place on earth I don't know where is.

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