Sunday, February 03, 2013

A Super Rip-Off

I resent having tax dollars go to this bullshit, just like other sports I'm supposed to subsidize  (hunting comes to mind). As Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars observes,

"the owners get to make obscene amounts of money while taxpayers foot the bill for their cash-cow stadiums. Professional sports are the perfect illustration of the "socialize losses, privatize gains" principle so beloved of corporatists!....."

Everything about Super Bowl hoopla makes me tired. If the weather is even remotely decent, I'm gonna go hiking with the dog - I'll have the trails to myself! Besides, I always thought it was kinda boring watching other people play a game, especially when I could be playing outside myself.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I have to admit that I'm a former "sports lover" -- one who followed the stats with meticulous detail. Of course I was a teenager, and although I still enjoy taking in a ballgame occasionally on TV, I haven't been to a professional regular season game in a decade or more.

One of the primary reasons is that I can't "play ball" with the idea of taxpayers footing the bill for brand new edifices that benefit primarily billionaires (owners) and millionaires (players), and although this form of corporate-welfare has been occurring for decades, the idea really took root during the 1990s when cities, states, and counties spent a record $6.5 billion on stadiums and arenas. The "aughts" shattered that obscene number with an additional $10.1 billion, and that doesn't even include hidden subsidies like lease breaks, property tax exemptions and the use of tax-exempt government bonds. As you mentioned, it's the perfect example of corporatism at work -- socialized losses and privatized gains.

Another reason I can't consider myself a fan any longer is the total preoccupation of sports entertainment by our citizenry, which in my view has been to the detriment of our democratic processes and civil rights. People's attention has be diverted by entertainment of all types (to be fair), while the corporate-state has incrementally taken away their most precious natural and constitutionally-given rights.

I finally watched the satirical film, Idiocracy, last night. Given the current political and social climate, aided and supported by sports entertainment in particular, I can envision a similar environment in the not-too-distant future. We're probably already there.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Ah, yes, Idiocracy ("Ow, my balls!").

I think we're mostly there.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

Sports is ok. I find the commercialization disgusting.

Just saw a commercial for Lexus where a car of theirs was literally flying down a special track showing how it can avoid barrels and things and even has "night vision" so you can watch a TV instead of looking out the windshield. Mix that with the idiotic GPS that some ass could be watchign istead of the road and you have a lethal combination. But hey, it's too much trouble to use a map (whatever that is) or plan your route in advance!

What strikes me as totally absurd is the emphasis put on drunk driving while car companies can show a car at excess speed missing other cars and objects. It seems to give the impression, at least ot the youth of America, that it's ok to drive fast. Yet nowhere have I seen anyone concerned about this type of ad.

Can't drink and drive? Gawd forbid you could kill someone if you've had a touch too much. But looking at the number of teenage deaths because of drinking AND speeding makes me wonder where the Auto Business priorities lie. ANd MADD doesn't seem concerned with anything but drinking and driving. Yet, again, I'd bet more kids are killed in speeding thatn drunk driving.

So now it's great that kids underage aren't drinking and driving as much (in fantasy land, I guess). Now they're speeding more than we did as kids.

Oh and the auto industry is touting their cars are soooo much safer in collisions I get the impression it's now ok to drive fast because 73 airbags will protect you, provided you can afford one of the more expensive cars that are made to protect the wealthy.

If the governors of states wanted to balance their budgets all they need to do is triple the cops on the roads and go after speeders. Sure the initial expense would be increased, but they could pay for that and the excess would be a fantastic windfall for the states...not to mention less deaths and injuries and because of that, less paid for and to health care companies.

But Business doens't seem to really want that, do they?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I have nothing against pro sport, I just don't want to subsidize it. Just like I don't want to subsidize the "sport" of hunting (as we all are doing currently).

Let the people who patronize them, and those who profit from it pick up the tab. So much for the "free market"! Like Madrak pointed out, it's socialized losses, privatized profits.

11:03 PM  

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