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  •  Let's not attack professional athletes here. (2+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, sboucher

    The reason athletes are paid what they are is due to their very strong union. If teacher's unions and unions in general were as strong as the MLBPA then teachers wouldn't have to get second jobs. Guys like Curt Wood are labor heros and siding against them isn't siding for teachers it's siding with corporate interests and billionaire owners and only serves to demonize unions further.

    The Great Depression: Now In Color!

    by TheChop on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 01:32:11 PM PST

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    •  There's marketing to it too (1+ / 0-)
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      The money in sports comes from separating lots of people from it, one ticket & one souvenir at a time.  I think a lot of that comes from selling sports as a form of pseudo-community to disaffected people.  The funny part is that schools are part of what makes a real community, but good luck convincing people of that...

      Those who support banning cocaine are no better than those who support banning cheeseburgers

      by EthrDemon on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 02:55:16 PM PST

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      •  Since high schools are the farm teams (0+ / 0-)

        of professional athletics, and since local high school football/basketball used to be "the only game in town," it's ironic that corporations have profited so highly from the kind of marketing -- tickets, tshirts, community solidarity -- that began with school athletics. They should have been paying a royalty to all the public school districts that nurtured the "school spirit" that became professional sports fandom.

        "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

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