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28. Re: NY Times on 38 Studios Apr 22, 2013, 12:21 Creston
Beamer wrote on Apr 22, 2013, 12:07:
No, I get what you're saying. And, clearly, the metric they provide isn't quite right, as it includes buying 2 beers, 2 caps, etc.

But great. Not every team offers that. The Yankees don't. And the Mets do, but who knows how much it costs as their system is down now.

Fact remains that baseball games aren't cheap. Sporting events as a whole aren't cheap. Why? To pay those salaries. Are they necessary?

I genuinely hope to not see you complain about CEO salaries.

I think the Yankees are about the only team that doesn't offer a family pack, but I think they still have their Bleacher Creatures deal? (which was something like 4 bleacher tickets for 50 bucks.) But yes, obviously it's more expensive in certain ballparks vs others. On the other hand, most ballparks have 5 or 10 dollar seats, and nobody is forcing you to buy your hotdogs at the ballpark.

Your CEO analogy is comparing apples to oranges. The price of a ticket is of direct influence to me. I can choose to pay said price and watch the game, or I can choose not to and not get to watch the game. The CEO's salary is of no direct influence to me. I don't stand in a store going "Well, this is a good product, but their CEO makes too much money, so I'm not going to buy it."

Sporting events aren't cheap, no. But you can choose to partake in them, or you can choose not to. If it's too expensive for you, find something else to be interested in. Or buy a 5 dollar ticket and sit in the corner of the bleachers.

I don't know if those high salaries are necessary, no, but then again, is YOUR salary necessary? It's quite franly a weird question. And what's the alternative? The government steps in and mandates salaries for professional sports? (and before anyone spouts off with a "SALARY CAP!!!" remark, I'd like to point out that the one league that has a hard salary cap, the NFL, also has BY FAR the highest ticket prices for its fans. So the benefits of a Salary Cap ONLY go to the billionaire owners, not to you, the fan.)

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