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Murray Rothbard on sports.

“Of all areas of life, sports should be the arena least touched by politics. For the glory of being a sports fan is precisely that we are engaging in fun and play, that we are permitted to be ‘irrational’; that is, to be Yankee or Mets fans, to love our team and to hate the enemy, without having to ground these passions in systematic, moral or metaphysical theory. So it is particularity obnoxious when the gaggle of left Puritans invades and takes over the field of sports. Which they have done, of course, with a vengeance.

The Hate Thought squad has run rampant in sports for years. Veteran and respected sports figures, such as Al Campaneris and Jimmy the Greek, have seen their careers destroyed because they gave one politically improper answer to an interviewer’s question. No one dares even explore whether or not the answers were correct; their very expression is a hate-thought-crime; unlike other, seemingly graver, crimes, from their punishment there is no reprieve.

I like to think that sports writers are above politics’ that sports and only sports fill their minds. But now, they too have succumbed, and are, in fact, viciously leftist whenever politics is deemed relevant to sports.”

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People Need To Shut Up About Rich Athletes

I’m sick and tired of people bitching about how much money athletes make. A couple of things:

Go play baseball if you want their money. Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you deserve to be rich if the market doesn’t allow it. Look at McDonald’s: how much is someone willing to pay someone that flips burgers? Are you willing to pay $10 for a hamburger? Do you want him to get paid $10 every time he makes you a hamburger? Or would you be willing to pay $10 for your favorite teams sports hat? (Which, will go to the team, which, will be used to pay the players). People pay $5 for a shirt at Wal-Mart, or $40 for a football jersey, $75 for a football ticket, $10 for a football hat. You aren’t willing to pay that at Wal-Mart or McDonald’s. So a couple of things: the athletes will stop being rich when people like you and me stop buying their shit (which won’t happen), or when people are willing to pay $20 for a hamburger (which will never happen), so people need to shut up, suck it up, understand economics, and understand that just because your work is harder than someone else’s doesn’t mean that someone else is willing to pay you more. It’s common sense economics.

Not to mention that playing sports is not a skill set that everyone has. Everyone can flip burgers or lift boxes. That factors into the prices that people are paid as well. If you work at McDonald’s, you can easily be replaced by someone else. Go try to replace LeBron James or Peyton Manning. You can’t do it. What do I mean by replace? Some people will say “Who cares! They’re still getting paid too much!” People are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for these jerseys because they are good at what they do. Therefore, their skills make them worthy of whatever their owners are willing to pay them, because those players’ market values (and talent) are not easily replaced, which means that the owners would not be making as much money as they do without them.

To say that football players should not be paid as much as the owners are willing to pay them is a direct violation of the owner’s right to spend his money as he chooses. It’s none of your business to tell him how to spend his money just because you are poor. Do you want people who are more poor than you telling you how to spend your money?

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