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  •  without picking the pockets?? (2+ / 0-)
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    snoopydawg, manoffire

    Have you seen ticket prices at a ball game or movie theater.  Believe me,  they are PICKING your pocket.

    Maybe not $ 50,000 but certainly not mega millions! Who do you think ultimately pays that large salary? The player may get a check from the team owner, but it is the fan through ticket prices that pay that salary.

    You are naive if you don't believe that those high priced stars, athletes, and entertainers are not fleecing the american taxpayer.  Who pays for that mega stadium with its new astroturf and jumbo tron screens? The taxpayer.  Why are most movies shot at remote locations out side of hollywood?  tax breaks for shooting.

    If a persons job value is determined by income, it is a sad commentary on our society when those who entertain us make more than those who leads us.  

    •  The league earns (1+ / 0-)
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      far more revenue from TV contracts and merchandising than ticket sales. These guys only play 16 games a year; compared with basketball's 82 or baseball's 162 game schedules, that's nothing. Don't like the ticket price and the $8 hot dogs? Watch the game on TV. It's the best seat in the house.

      Most teams sell out every game. You really think ticket prices would fall if players earned less? Why on earth would a business charge less for it's product, when it sells all it can produce anyway?

      The days of taxpayer financed stadiums seem to be coming to an end too, as more municipalities wise up to the reality that there's just not enough bang for their buck to justify it. The last few new venues have received little, and in the case of the new Meadowlands, no public dollars.

      We can argue about this all day, but my point still stands: athletes and actors in no way compare to the negative economic and political impact of overpaid CEO's who buy politicians, outsource jobs and bust unions to enrich themselves.

      Paying $100 for a seat at an NFL game pales when compared to the impact of seeing your pay reduced by half, or watching your job head for India, or standing by as the social safety net is shredded for the benefit of an already obscenely rich group of people.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 11:16:54 AM PDT

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