James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist
No one cares about sports right?
It is not the fact that people don’t watch sports, millions do, but it is the fact that sports obtain a bad reputation.
Well, because sports don’t matter. The only news that matters is what’s going on in the government and what’s on the cover of the New York Times or the Washington Post.
That’s what everyone’s attitude is on sports; it takes a back seat to politics, business and even Justin Bieber.
Sure a sporting event won’t decide whether or not to sign that presidential bill or help win this country a war but think about what that event does do.
Sports are just a small part of this culture, you know what, that’s all sports are, “just a culture.”
Like before, think again.
If no one cared about sports than why did Reuters statistics say that the NFL brings in about 4.1 billion dollars in annual value of deals since 1999.
Oh yeah sports don’t matter, they just bring in that kind of money because it is a “lucky” business.
And it’s not to say professional athletes feel the same way, they get paid millions of dollars to play a “silly game,” but for a normal citizen, it’s probably crazy talk to them, “10 million dollars a year to hit a ball?” is most people’s reaction.
People feel that way about sports because these athletes do get paid a lot of money but in reality they probably just say that due to the fact that they are people who don’t get paid more than $10,000 a year.
Last year in the MLB, the Philadelphia Phillies averaged an attendance of 45,440 people, top in the big leagues, (3,680,718 attendees) and remember there are 162 games in the regular season. Maybe political events such as the Presidential inauguration or some democratic social meeting could put up a bigger attendance than the Phillies game from last year but could they average 45,000 people for 162 games straight?
That was just from baseball, don’t forget about the other major sports, they put up those kind of numbers as well, the NFL has some teams that can get up to 80,000 people in seats, especially the Cowboys who average around 85,608 people a game this year.
Sports are one of kind but they work, in some cases, like other countries besides the US, sports can take over a different role, a role of possibly meaning more than the next government leader taking office. This really doesn’t take much to explain, turn on the tube during the World Cup and see how intense “sports” are. 100,000’s of people every game, other countries’ culture is based around sports.
Sports are just a stupid past time that gives people something to follow, nothing big, right?
Brain Stelter and Amy Chozick wrote a great piece in the New York Times last Friday about how people are paying a “sports tax” if they watch sports or not. In the article it says that American television subscribers pay an average of 100 dollars a year for sports programming. It doesn’t matter if they put on an NFL game every week or if they don’t watch a single second; huge sports corporations such as ESPN, Fox, NBC and CBS put “sports” into perspective.
ESPN, which is probably the most prestigious sports outlet, “is also far costlier than any other channel, earning about $4.69 a month for each cable and satellite household in the US,” according to the research firm SNL Kagan.
Edwin M. Durso, an executive president of ESPN, said “Sports is hugely popular in America, and I think the prices that we and others pay for programming clearly reflect that.”
Finally, somebody gets it.
If you love or hate sports, it doesn’t matter because you still have to pay for them either way and in ESPN’s case, close to five dollars a month. Also don’t worry if you are the person who has to sit in that three hour meeting on Monday morning where the only topic being discussed is about the football games from the day before, that’s just the nature of the beast, the power of sports for that matter.
So who cares if the New York Times can’t put a sports headline on their A1 or if sports can’t decide who our next president is because really there is one thing that sports can do, entertain millions, and really that’s all that matters.