Friday, October 09, 2009

Are Professional Sports Diseased or Dying?

The incomparable Wright Thompson (a fellow Mizzou alumnus), has a fascinating story on ticket prices and their effect on the social contract held between sports teams and their fans.

As a sports fan I agree with the general tone of the article. While owners and athletes quibble over who should be portrayed as the greediest, the fans are continually asked to pay more and more exorbitant prices. If fans unite in solidarity attempting to leverage demand against supply to drive down prices, owners can simply move the entire franchise to another attention starved city (see Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (NBA) or Jacksonville, FL (NFL)).