Does money make -- or break -- sports? - 04/17/14

  When I was growing up I was a baseball fan. But the discussion was always about something related to the game itself. Who were the best players? What were they doing right now -- were they on a hitting streak or throwing shutouts? What made one player better than the others? Maybe he could steal bases AND hit with power. Maybe he was better hitting in the second slot in the lineup because he didn't hit for power even though hit always had a good average. Whatever.

  But somewhere along the line sports talk became about money. I was reading today that the New York Yankees as a franchise were valued at $2.5 billion. Most of the players are making millions of dollars a year, and many of them you've probably never heard of. Then there are the Dallas Cowboys, who are valued $2.3 billion.

  Do I really care? No. And I wonder if kids growing up watching and playing sports do.

 

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