Are Sports Beyond the Tipping Point?

2020 July 11
by bc3b

Americans once  attended sporting events to have a good time and escape worldly cares for 2-3 hours on a weekend afternoon or a weekday night,  they’d enjoy watching their hometown team compete against teams representing other cities.

Much has changed in recent years, starting with the cost of attendance. In 1970 the MLB minimum was $12,000; last year it was $525,000. Some players make $30-million or more annually. To reward overpaid athletes, team owners have increased the prices: decent – not great – seats run $50+, parking can  run another $40. Hot dogs are $5, sodas $5 and beers $10+. Teams have held cities hostage. Build a new publicly-financed stadium every 15 years or we’ll move.

Unlike Hollywood, at least it was free from politics.  The NBA was the first sport to become political. No one really cared because NBA fans tend to be a good bit left of center. Then Colin Kaepernick started “taking a knee” during the national anthem to pretest alleged inequality. He was joined by other black players. NFL fans are more conservative than NBA fans. The results were dramatic with attendance and ratings declines. By last season many fans started tuning in again.

The death of George Floyd has changed. Black players started making greater demands. Tee NBA  is having Black Lives Matters painted courtside and players can  have an approved political action statement in place of their names on their uniforms. The NFL is donating hundreds of millions – not to improve inner city education or reduce crime – but for social action. Coaches are talking about joining players in “taking a knee” to show solidarity with black players. Even MLB is talking about getting involved. NASCAR has gone totally woke.

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Charles Barkley, of all people, is expressing his concern about thr danger of mixing political messaging into sports:

Sports leagues and players have turned racial justice issues into a “circus” by focusing more on who’s kneeling or what message is written on players’ jerseys rather than real change, basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said Friday.

“I think we’re missing the point,” the former 76ers, Suns and Rockets star told CNBC. “We need police reform, we need prison reform. … My concern is turning this into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.”

The media contributes to the “circus” by focusing on kneeling and messages on buses and jerseys, he added.

What the country really needs, he said, is “good cops out there policing the bad cops.”

He pointed out that while the U.S. is a divided country, “sports used to be a place where fans could go get away from reality.”

And as fans financially struggle during the coronavirus pandemic, “they don’t want to see a bunch of rich people” constantly talking about social justice issues, he said.

As more players have started to kneel for the national anthem amid Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the country, NBA players will be allowed to have anti-racism messages on the backs of their jerseys, CNBC reported.

But Barkley was skeptical about how fans will respond as NBA and other games resume this summer.

“The last thing they want to do is turn on the television and hear arguments all the time. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the public reacts,” he said.

Hat tip: Fox News

56 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 July 11 7:10 pm
    Eph permalink


    Any surprise there???

  2. 2020 July 11 7:48 pm
    bc3b permalink

    NBA players complain about food and rooms at one of Disney World’s fanciest hotels:

  3. 2020 July 11 8:22 pm
    justrand permalink

    Pro sports should just wither away…and good riddance

  4. 2020 July 11 10:31 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    “Are Sports Beyond the Tipping Point?”

    Hopefully …

  5. 2020 July 12 4:40 am
    bc3b permalink

    According to The Undefeated, the list of phrases allowed on NBA uniforms include: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.

    Once the list was reported, many critics wondered if the NBA would allow messages supporting Hong Kong protesters.

    Hat tip: Fox News

  6. 2020 July 12 5:07 am
    bc3b permalink

    Kaepernick’s anti-Americanism seems to have coincided with the decline of his football career:

  7. 2020 July 12 5:37 am

    Eyore was his name,
    Charging windmills was his game,
    Sharks he would jump,
    Pooches he would hump,
    Iconoclasm was his claim to fame.

    ~~~Alas he may be right~~

  8. 2020 July 12 5:40 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Pooches he would hump,”

    Yo, have some class, go find a kennel for that! 🙂

  9. 2020 July 12 5:48 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Pro sports should just wither away…and good riddance”

    I would say CoVid will provide your desires. Sports has a feed chain that starts in HS.

    HS -> College -> Pro

    Well there are a whole bunch of States making stink that they really don’t want to open this Fall. Conferences are cancelling or shorting the schedules outright. A lot of colleges are going online for the Fall. A lot of stadiums will sit idle with no butts in the seats.

    Once the feed chain is broken pro sports dies in 5 years for lack of players.

  10. 2020 July 12 5:55 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Signing the letter were U.S. Reps. Louis Gohmert of Texas; Mo Brooks of Alabama; Greg Steube of Florida; Brian Babin of Texas; Paul Gosar of Arizona; Alex Mooney of West Virginia; Andy Harris of Maryland; Ted Budd of North Carolina; Steve King of Iowa; Steve Watkins of Kansas; Jody Hice of Georgia; and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.” — — Don’t think the Confederacy could not rise again at the rate things are going.

    The trick this time? Declare slavery legal and give a 24mo grace period for ne’er-do-wells to get out of dodge.

  11. 2020 July 12 6:00 am

    Dr mutley checking his hard drive

  12. 2020 July 12 6:08 am

    Charles Barkley – Sounds like for all his faults the man seems to have always kept in mind who is actually paying the bills and why those people decided to pay said bills (ie what they were getting out of the exchange), something that seems lost in today players in what seems like most if not all sports fields.

    “Are Sports Beyond the Tipping Point?”

    I think we’re there. Beyond affordability even in relatively good times, you combine it with constantly insulting large portions of the remaining customer base and it’s not a good long term strategy for attendance or ‘viewership’ which lets face it is where most the revenue has been in the last 20 years. Viewership and attendance are trending down, and I wouldn’t be surprise to learn if the same is true of merchandising and all the rest, the amount of competition from competing entertainment options is at an all time high, yet salaries are still at all time high. Something has to give on multiple fronts it’s not sustainable unless owners are just going to use it a right-off for as long as it lasts.

    When I was growing up while there were certainly a couple loud mouths in each sport, but the majority seemed relatively humble even among the highly paid ones, and those getting in trouble off-field were given shit by the rest of the team and eventually would be tossed or traded. Also if you wanted some of that (back then semi-rare) sponsorship\spokesperson $$$, you had to keep a pretty clean and non-controversial public image not to mention not being a complete anti-american jackass. Seems complete opposite now.

    IDK exactly where it went off the rails, but for MLB to me it was mid-late 90’s imho about same time I checked out from following the sport. Too many players demanding 1m$+ per season, driving already increasing costs through the roof and enlarging egos everywhere. Minor leagues didn’t seem to get infected till about 5-10 years later imho or at least not around here, ie it took them 10years to get around to pricing people out of anything but A-ball. I mostly blame the players back when I checked out, but the owners aren’t without fault as well, especially and particularly so now. Beyond the tax shelter thing I mentioned yesterday ,which has always been a thing in one form or another, it seems in the last 20+ years all the teams have just become vanity projects for billionaires, or pump and dump vehicles, it could just be naivety at the time but seems years ago to me most owners had at least some interest in the game\team they owned beyond it just staying a profitable entity.

  13. 2020 July 12 6:11 am
    drdog09 permalink

    For any of you who perchance read the Woodpile Report. Ol’ Remus passed away on July 8th of complications of cancer. A loss for sure.

  14. 2020 July 12 6:14 am

    Where be the “social justice” for some poor white slob busting his balls working two crappy jobs just to feed his family, while some former cement simian makes mega millions running back and forth on a ball court giving the finger to the crowd?

  15. 2020 July 12 6:29 am

    10 – That’s just a call for more fraud resources to the state from her, I’m sure message was received and more operatives on the way. If efforts around my local area are any indication they are not going to get caught flat footed this time, and it’s not like they didn’t try like hell in 2016 too. Just I think you folks know what I mean, in the assumptions they made with turnout etc and level of fraud and efforts needed, they didn’t go the extra extra mile in 2016 cause ‘she’s gonna win anyway’ being drilled into so many heads, even among lower tier campaign staff. If anything it’s the GOP that’s going to get flat footed, yet again, at least around here. If Trump thinks he has GA as an auto-win, he’s wrong, I’m not saying he’s going to lose GA btw, just that I think it’s in the realm of a possibility.

  16. 2020 July 12 6:31 am

    16 – Things you’ll never hear asked of one of these woke players, or owners for that matter.

  17. 2020 July 12 6:51 am

    9 – I was just wondering are sports even taught in HS really anymore? By that I don’t mean even does HS have a Baseball team etc, but you know in “gym” classes.
    Growing up we were taught the basics of every game in gym and played such, softball\kickball\basketball\football\soccer\floor hockey\tennis\ (without having courts), volleyball,elements of track and field, and of course dodgeball. That was consistent from idk grade 1\2 – 10\12, only difference being in HS we kind of had the option to swap it for a study period.

  18. 2020 July 12 6:53 am

    21 – From 2016 I presume, lol funny though.

  19. 2020 July 12 7:21 am
    justrand permalink

    The diagram atop this post shows the insanity of the NFL, and college football too, in the positions they are taking. The fans of pro & college football are NOT impressed with all the anti-American “wokeness”…and won’t return soon or maybe ever.

  20. 2020 July 12 7:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    LA Teachers union demands charter schools be shuttered and police defunded for schools yo reopen:

    Police violence “is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue,” the union writes. The document calls on authorities to “shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”

    If 93% of murdered blacks are killed by other blacks, how can black deaths at the hands of police be a leading cause?

  21. 2020 July 12 7:47 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #25 – Another story CNN won’t touch:

    Once again, the leftists demonstrate the real haters are on the left.

  22. 2020 July 12 8:26 am
    bc3b permalink

    More on the “coin shortage”:

    The materials in a nickel are worth more than 5 cents.

  23. 2020 July 12 8:42 am
    mulletover permalink

    Two or three years ago, I was down to NASCAR and the PGA tour. Now, I’m done with NASCAR after the ”bubba” bullshit tour of fake nooses in every garage stall, and the silencing Of the free speech rights of the fans. The idiot currently running the show insulted the entire sport by calling in 15 FBI agents to investigate a garage door pull, implying everyone was a racist. They deserve to go broke.

    As for the PGA, they got the racist burr under their saddle too, if Covid doesn’t kill them first. Crap on the fans only so long, and it’s ”see ya.”

  24. 2020 July 12 8:49 am
    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 22,

    From my neck of the woods, yes they still teach sports. But I do note a trend. There are more kids playing soccer than playing football. Not by a little, but by a lot — 5:1 from my observation. That lone indicates that the talent pool for pro football is shrinking.

  25. 2020 July 12 8:53 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Only 2 words — They’re sick.

  26. 2020 July 12 9:09 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Agree drdog, that’s pretty sick

  27. 2020 July 12 9:24 am

    Funny how we get years of ru\ru\ru hype but rarely if ever a mention of chi-com involvement that has been 10 fold larger in scope and spending with it comes to culture and election interference.

    28 – That’s pretty dated and wasn’t true some months later, maybe it is at the moment (it’s not he lost 200k atm value is .04 in melt value), in general he probably lost money compared to putting that million elsewhere. Not to mention storage and movement costs (that’s a lot of weight) even factored in?
    That said those of you with large stashes of pre-82 (ie copper)pennies are up about 80% over face value. Just eyeballing coinflation website.

  28. 2020 July 12 9:25 am

    25 – Remember all the groups showing up to fuck with funerals of the fallen during the GW years, same sickness repeated, hell probably some of the same people.

  29. 2020 July 12 9:58 am
    bc3b permalink

    Interesting read about how Barack Obama’s buddy, Jeffrey Immelt, destroyed General Electric:

  30. 2020 July 12 10:16 am

    Good… dipshits not only stood by and let it happen, but encouraged it and refused outside help at the time. You made you bed, now go ask soros for the money.

  31. 2020 July 12 10:23 am
    Eph permalink

    36. Not to worry. Trump judge will overturn.

  32. 2020 July 12 10:28 am

    37 – Insane, but likely. lol

  33. 2020 July 12 10:41 am

    Not even a story of fraud per-say (he says no, but I say it’s curious ballots are only going out day before election in the first place) but highlights again just the logistical issues. Also I disagree that “massive voter fraud is very difficult”, no it’s not. It can be ‘involved’ if you’re going to coordinate it, but it’s not very ‘difficult’ at all, especially so if you’re not that worried about getting caught. You can accomplish at lot with just a few dozen per precinct over the course of a state or even just a large county.

  34. 2020 July 12 10:44 am
    Eph permalink


    100% guaranteed.

    -The King of Kings

  35. 2020 July 12 10:44 am

    Just go away Lucy, stop even acting like you care 4 years after the fact and weren’t in on it. Besides Mueller has nothing useful to say, and could barely articulate himself when he testified previously.

  36. 2020 July 12 11:25 am
    bc3b permalink

  37. 2020 July 12 12:45 pm
    bc3b permalink

    KH #30 –

    The good thing in Michigan is that lacrosse is starting to cut into soccer. This further cuts into the NFL pool. My son played both lacrosse and football in high school. Lacrosse is actually rougher, but not the dishabituating or head injuries. It’s played with normal size humans.

  38. 2020 July 12 1:12 pm
    bc3b permalink

    It takes three weeks to rent a 1-way U-Haul out of Illinois.

    Property taxes are 3-4 times what I pay in Michigan.

  39. 2020 July 12 1:44 pm
    justrand permalink

    Saw this on a thread on Facebook. A “White” person was being denigrated by “woke” White people for not apologizing for their “White Privilege” (the way the “woke” folks have). When they tried to describe their life, and how non-existent “White Privilege” was in their life, the response was:

    So often White people make it about themselves

    after which accolades flowed in from the Woke Folks…who quickly piled on.

    Now imagine any of THESE sentences being used in ANY situation…and the subsequent firestorm:
    – “So often Black people…
    – “So often Asian people…
    – “So often Indian people…
    – “So often Mexican people…
    – “So often Transgender people…
    – “So often Muslim people…

    The SCREECHING would be heard around the world about how the person writing or saying any of those was “STEREOTYPING an entire race!!” (or religion, or sexual preference, or whatever)

    But “White” people, Christians and Males…all stereotypes and insults welcome, they’ve got it coming, dontcha know?

  40. 2020 July 12 1:46 pm
    bc3b permalink

  41. 2020 July 12 1:58 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    44, so Mish heads for UT?
    Took him a while to decide!

  42. 2020 July 12 2:01 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Via Ric Grenell on Parler

  43. 2020 July 12 2:08 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Ship collision in the Welland Canal, Canada.
    Moar Tim Horton coffee was needed, I reckon. Or … too much Molsons involved

  44. 2020 July 12 2:16 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Worse than many think — — Cumulatively, those who made $250,000 and above made up just 3 percent of Illinois tax filers, but paid 34 percent of all personal income taxes.

    I have always said, the Rich are the most portable people of all. They can afford to move.

  45. 2020 July 12 3:56 pm
    mpt permalink

    Detroit Police Chief responding to idiot reporter asking if a thug firing at point blank range towards an officers head had to have deadly force used against him:

  46. 2020 July 12 4:33 pm

    There’s a couple billion up in smoke (from what I understand it’s already too far gone to save), not to mention irreplaceable in terms of time needed to replace. Nobody seriously hurt yet at least.

  47. 2020 July 12 5:04 pm
    bc3b permalink

    mpt #51 –

    James Craig is an excellent, no-nonsense police chief.

  48. 2020 July 12 5:34 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Which kind of raises the survivability of the design should something like an exocet impact it.

  49. 2020 July 12 5:48 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  50. 2020 July 12 8:26 pm

    Well some admiral says it’s not quite a bad as it looked that “ship will sail again”, and basically it’s a debris fire more than anything. Hope that’s actually true.

    6:30 PDT presser by Rear Adm Philip Sobeck:

    Cleared compartments and have just found fire location/source

    Lower cargo hold where the fire started

    Cooling hull with the tugs while interior fight goes on

    Ship’s crew involved in firefighting efforts

    Class “A” fire: debris, etc. are fueling fire

    “Ash heap” fire, “nothing toxic” inside fueling fire

    Explosion was from “overpressurization” of a compartment

    1 millon gallons of fuel onboard, below area of heat source and not affected

    No ordnance onboard

    All crew accounted for

    “She will sail again”

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