Sunday, October 18, 2009

Privatizing Baseball

Baseball has always been a sport dominated by club owners and business goals, but Bob Herbert has a nice piece on the meaning of the replacement of affordable old stadiums with new corporate parks, all publicly-supported at some point in their construction.  Yankee season tickets for a family of 4 were initially priced at $800,000.  Herbert note a familiar pattern of absolutely upside-down priorities: "the auto industry is on its knees and we’ve got school buildings in sorry shape and we can’t even rebuild a public hospital in New Orleans. But the Dallas Cowboys have a brand new billion-dollar-plus domed stadium that looks like something out of “Star Wars.”

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