I think that the NBA has radically misjudged the love of the public for the game, given the price to attend a game in a stadium, and it may be the players that have killed the golden goose.
Raise your hand if you're a lifelong, true-blue Los Angeles sports fan who adores the Lakers but deep inside would relish it if the NBA season was totally canceled because it would serve as the hydrogen-bomb example we've all been waiting for to demonstrate to the world that greed has totally corrupted sports in this country along with all of Western civilization.
San Luis Obispo
Penn State, long known as "Linebacker U," sadly has become "Shame on U."
Joe R. Ponce
Amen to all that Bill Dwyre said in his Nov. 15 column. Time to shake up the good old boys. But it's easier said than done, especially when some people's bread is being buttered by layers of bureaucracy, in-house influence, backroom deals, nepotism and tons of money. Here's an idea: Shut down all television and radio coverage of NCAA football and basketball for two years for all colleges throughout America. If fans want to see a game, let them buy a ticket and go to the stadium. This will stem the flow of money to programs and make them think carefully about corruption. I agree with Dwyre. Something has to be done.
The simple truth is that this will be, as always, about money. The NCAA will sweep this under the rug as fast as they can. They'll maintain it is "an isolated incident" or a "criminal matter left to the courts" and then the money machine that is college football will roll on.
But if we are all honest, we are all to blame. We all clamor for our favorite teams. The Times and ESPN make money covering the people that are responsible for these acts. We all vote for the system every day in the most American of ways, with our dollars. If we didn't keep supporting the system it would change. We don't quit and neither will they.
Oh, yes, good news. The bankrupt Dodgers (define bankrupt for me?) drop $160 million on future speculations based on, what, their solid track record? And why not? It must be they'll simply raise already usurious ticket and concession prices on loyal fools — sorry, fans stuck in the mire of a sickly economy — to pay for it.
Michael E. White
A year ago, Matt Kemp was a fat, whiny underachiever who wanted to be traded from the Dodgers. Now, he has signed a $160-million contract? Was Kemp's 2011 season a one-year fluke or the beginning of his rise as one of baseball's best players?
Frank McCourt seeks redemption for his mea culpa by blaming his ex-wife's divorce settlement, Commissioner Bud Selig, and Major League Baseball for "the ownership struggle of the last two years."
While attempting to "take the high road out of town," Frank McCourt refuses to acknowledge the charge of "looting" $189 million from team revenue. And while currently proceeding to choose a new owner, McCourt facetiously speaks of his and Jamie's 2004 team commitment to "put everything they have into it."
Violating that trust and promise just seven years later, the McCourts have instead managed to take everything they could beg, borrow and steal from ever-loyal Los Angeles Dodgers' fans.
So Frank McCourt says he plans to stay in Los Angeles. No surprise there. How on Earth could we expect him to leave when he's required to be in Superior Court seemingly every day?
It's a kick
Of course Tim Leiweke believes that the David Beckham signing was worthwhile, even though the Galaxy has yet to win a trophy with him on the roster. Heck, he probably thinks the Kings are serious Stanley Cup contenders even though they have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs in AEG's 16 years of ownership. AEG wants to own property, not titles. They care about land, not championships.
No wonder Farmers Field has such an open design; it's a safety feature for all the hot air emanating from AEG's offices.
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