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It’s not so much of a travesty but the biggest misnomer out there is that the fans are the most important element of competitive sports. My acquaintance sportschump seems to be under the impression the fans are the most important piece of the puzzle . In the business of sports the fans are an element but the biggest element nowadays are the general consumers and the corporate sponsors. Have you seen the devotion shown by the hierarchies of MLB , _ NBA and the NFL to their corporate patrons ? The only sort of devotion that’s shown with such subservience is that of the US Congress and US Senate to a lobbyist. Thereafter the concern of that legislator may well be that of the constituents that he represents. But more often than it’s to the lobbyists and the agenda that they want pushed through. Much as it is with each of the four major sports and then some ! So don’t be fooled into thinking it’s about the fans it may well have been eons ago but that all changed when salaries ballooned to unheard of proportions and then the respective leagues had to look for even more diverse revenue streams.
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Who here is under the impression that the All Star games of NBA , NFL and MLB are there for the benefit of the fan ? Please let’s get one thing straight, though they may well be exhibition games, here are the facts other than baseball’s All Star Game the other two events are merely there to entertain and simply that’s it. I mean are the Pro Bowl of the NFL and the NBA’s All Star games competitive ? When was the last time you saw a competitive game between either of the respective participants of those sports ? Think about and be content with those thoughts because I’d dare that you’re coming around the belief that the games themselves aren’t really worthwhile taking place. It’s only being done to keep the sport in the psyche of the fans and consumers. I mean how many of you out the would’ve been able to afford attending the NBA All Star Game held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas , this past season ? Given the inflated prices of the tickets and the concession prices and for that of the memorabilia that would’ve been on sale. Would you still have been able afforded to attend the game. ? Likewise that of the Pro Bowl game which for the first time in a number of decades wasn’t held in Hawaii ___ isn’t usually heavily attended and if anything the event itself had a meager viewing television audience.
Courtesy of The Orange County Register
Anaheim – Major League Baseball’s best players are coming to Anaheim for the 81st All-Star Game and the city is literally rolling out the red carpet.
Angel Stadium is hosting the Midsummer Classic for the third time in its history – the first time since 1989.
Events leading up to Tuesday’s internationally broadcast game begin on Friday, giving even those fans who won’t get inside the stadium a chance to participate:
FanFest (Friday through Tuesday): More than 40 exhibits in 450,000 square feet of exhibit space will give fans a chance to hit and pitch, take part in skills clinics, get autographs from the pros and shop for baseball memorabilia. Location: Anaheim Convention Center. Tickets: $30 for adults, $25 for children – available online at allstargame.com.
All-Star 5K Charity Fun Run (Sunday): Registration begins at the stadium at 6 a.m. 5K race at 7:30 a.m. and the 1-mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. Participation is $35; or $30 for runners 12 and under. Jillian Michaels, fitness coach on “The Biggest Loser,” scheduled to cheer on racers.
All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (both on Sunday): 50 top MLB prospects will participate in the Futures Game at 3 p.m., followed by a softball game featuring MLB legends matched up with TV and film celebrities at 6:30. Both games are at Angel Stadium. This year’s softball lineup hadn’t been announced but past participants have included Alyssa Milano, Billy Bob Thorton and Billy Crystal and MLB stars Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith. Tickets good for both events range from $75-$135 at angelsbaseball.com.
State Farm Home Run Derby (Monday): The top sluggers in the game swing for the fences in a home-run competition, following All-Star workouts. Participants include: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), David Ortiz (Red Sox), Vernon Wells (Blue Jays), Corey Hart (Brewers) and Matt Holliday (Cardinals). A few tickets left for $120-$350.
Parade (Tuesday): Starts at 11:30 a.m. at Harbor Boulevard and Convention Way in Anaheim and proceeds three-quarters of a mile north along a red carpet to Disney Way. Continues inside Disneyland on Main Street. Free outside Disneyland; inside free with paid park admission.
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Now my friend sportschump would suggest that this is merely an exhibition game but the fact of the matter is the All Star Game in baseball has now become a competitive event because of the edict of Commissioner Bud Selig who saw fit to make it so, by stating the winning division would have home field advantage throughout the entire postseason of the baseball playoffs. No such incentives are there for the NBA or NFL. One other thing , my learned colleague stated that was because the All Star Game was a mere exhibition there’s nothing at all for the players to play. Well if you’re the likes of Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira where in your contract with your team , you have a rider of incentives that can pay as much $1 million for merely attaining a certain feat. In the case of A-Rod he can get as much as $500,000 for an appearance in the game and $750,000 winning the AL MVP . So to suggest that a player has nothing riding on making to the game is somewhat naïve. Riders such as this are also found in the contract if NFL and NBA players. Think of it as a performance bonus. I’m sure that in your place of employment you might well be rewarded with performance bonuses based upon productivity ?
So prior to the main event itself will be the Home Run Derby __(July 12th ) where we’ll get to see the best of the league’s power hitters looking to power their way to glory and acclaim . In 2008 the Texas Rangers’ __ Josh Hamilton gave us an event to remember by powering his way 28 home runs in an early round of the event. The fans were in awe and it made for great television amongst art of the event and this time around hopefully we’ll be able to see the same type of thrills and excitement. If nothing else it’ll give us something talk about as a water cooler topic.
NB: The MLB All Star Game will be held at Angels Stadium , Anaheim , California . Click here also to see the list of events taking place between the 9th-13th July, 2010. Click on link provided to see the roster including reserves for both divisions
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