My family does not have cable, satellite, DVR, TEVO, or any sort of paid programming television. We do have a Netflix subscription that is essentially what we would pay for renting two movies from the an old Blockbuster or Hollywood Video store back in the 90s/early 2000s. What does this mean to me? It means that I don’t get to see sports on television other than the one free baseball game that the MLB network allows me to stream during there regular season (thank you MLB.com!!!). Do I care?
But I do enjoy the distraction that sports bring for getting a break from everyday life. And that is the reason sports do so well in America today. Low wages, long hours for underpaid managers, the consumerism lifestyle that is pushed down our throats by marketing executives constantly, government indecision and strife, global conflicts manufactured to prop up the war machine and the banking industry in order to keep our nations from going broke financially, etc…
Sports give us the break we crave, as well as movies, television shows, dance clubs, bars, social groups, church, temples, mosque, etc…
It really is that simple. When we cheer for our team and they win then we get to feel like we are a part of that. We celebrate because we have trouble finding other things to celebrate. We turn a run for the championship game into a personal vendetta against coworkers and anyone not wearing our team’s colors. We criticize the team leadership openly because we can’t criticize our own bosses openly for fear of retribution. In essence, we live vicariously through the team. We are side-line member who was self-appointed.
Our teams give us something to cheer about and to be upset over. Here is some management advice: don’t have more than half of your work force dependent on one team’s success for their mental well-being. Production will stifle during a loss, but be booming after a big win.
So if we want to lose our dependence on sports for the emotional stability of America’s youth and working class then we need to fix the economy, figure out how to have laws and policies that allow for multiple religious views in the same society, and move away from big government back into small community governments.