Major League Baseball is breaking new ground.
Those of you who follow me know that I am generally not sympathetic to those who claim that “greed” is a problem in our economy. Simply put, I think greed makes industrialists predictable; and when the behavior of economic actors is predictable, life has fewer surprises. (Contrast that with the behavior or politicians, who mitigate — — if not change outright — — their stands based on who gave them the most money, or what are the influential businesses in their jurisdiction.)
However, on occasion, a corporation infuses its greed-based decision with stupidity, and when that happens, everybody needs to steer clear and get out of the way. I can think of multiple examples in the realm of corporate environmental policy, for example. So can you.
With that in mind, get a load of THIS:
Coronavirus update: MLB looking at alternative sites for games in cities less affected by crisis…
Major League Baseball is moving toward formulating alternative plans for regular season games in the event that the…
So, let me summarize, so you don’t have to waste your time.
Major League Baseball is concerned regarding games to be played in coronavirus “hot spots”. Ostensibly, this is because they don’t like the optics about playing games in empty stadiums (like baseball is doing in Japan this year) but let’s be blunt: The primary concern are the owners, who are outrageously rich already, having $0.00 gate revenue, and having to content themselves with only the millions coming in from their TV and radio contracts. (There is probably an secondary concern also, that players from a city which is not a “hot spot” might refuse to play in a hot spot city, but let’s put that aside for the moment.)
So, these geniuses figure, if you’re a team from a Hot Spot, why not play your games in a city which is NOT a Hot Spot?
Let’s think that through, using the example team MLB offers, the Seattle Mariners. As the idea goes, Seattle could play their home games at the facility the team owns for spring training in Arizona outside of Phoenix, which (considering how bad the Mariners are) probably seats a high percentage of the fans who would normally show up for game in Seattle. The optics show there’s fans in the seats, the owners takes a haircut but probably still gets to sell 12K tickets per game…. good idea, right?
Please. First, you’re dragging the players, coaches, and team entourage from a hot spot city down to a Phoenix suburb. Second, if Mariners fans from Seattle want to catch a game, they’re incented to TRAVEL from their Hot Spot city to Phoenix…..which sounds like a very efficient way to make sure that Phoenix turns into the next Hot Spot city.
I hope the legislators in Arizona and Florida (which is where these spring training facilities are located) are smart enough to put a stop to this nonsense. Announce that the roads surrounding the training facilities will “coincidentally” be closed at dusk for roadwork most of the summer. Come up with something. But don’t let these morons create a greater public health crisis than we already have.