A Sports Rant That Isn’t

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And in local news today:

The Dodgers have agreed with Time Warner Cable on a new television contract that will provide the team with a channel of its own, according to two people familiar with the deal but not authorized to discuss it.

Great. I suppose that means my cable bill is going up again even though I never watch the Dodgers. This just warms the cockles of my heart.

I feel like I have an epic rant about modern sports seething around inside me, but it always just fizzles out into nothing. Yeah, it’s a business and the owners are assholes. Yeah, football is dangerous. Yeah, sports leagues are all effective monopolies. Yeah, the entire public is forced to pay for obscene contracts and profits, via both direct tax subsidies as well as sports programming that’s shoehorned into basic cable rates. Yeah, sportsmanship has gone the way of the dodo. Yeah, the NCAA is practically a criminal enterprise.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But when I’m bored, I still turn on the TV and surf over to ESPN. Old habits die hard.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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