Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The business of business is business

If you are a football fan or watch the news you may have heard about the seat debacle at the Super Bowl two days ago. Jerry Jones wanted to sell more tickets than any other Super Bowl. So they put in new, temporary seats - 1200 of them. Then the fire marshal came along and made most of them get removed. The folks left standing were given an apology and a ticket to next year's Super Bowl. The argument is that what if their teams are not in next year's big game? Then they still get to see a Super Bowl, which most people do not, or they sell the tickets for a ton of cash. Mistakes were made. I get that. Reparations were attempted. It's not like Jerry Jones screwed these people on purpose. Shit happens.

I read an article today by Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post that disgusted me. She rambled on and on about bloated prices and "Jerry World" and $19 margaritas, $12 wine, and $10 beer. She complained about the precedent that was set this year by having the Super Bowl at Dallas Stadium being that it's so extravagant and beautiful and fancy and expensive. She complained about the football being about the money and a multi-billion dollar industry (the NFL generates $9 billion annually itself). She actually called the NFL a "divorced-from-reality-debauch."

People are in business to make money, plain and simple. If I charged you a dollar to read this article, you MIGHT pay it. If I charged $3/month and ensured weekly postings, you MAY pay it. If I charged you $15 every time you clicked on this site, you absolutely would not pay it. So it's a simple case of supply and demand. People are buying the $19 margaritas. They are spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on tickets. The first time a stadium has 6 people there for a game because fans can't afford to go, ticket prices will be adjusted.

Dallas Stadium was VERY expensive and taxpayers financed a part of it. That's the way it goes. Ever ask a Texan about football? It is the biggest thing in Texas; and everything in Texas is already pretty big. They love their football. They love their Cowboys. They go to the games and pay the prices and support the team. Do you think smaller market teams can afford a stadium like that? I don't see Kansas City looking for a replica of the stadium in Dallas any time soon. Even New York, as huge as it is, has its teams share a stadium - and the stadium is in New Jersey. Sure they got a huge tax break on the privately financed stadium. Yes, Ms. Jenkins, the deficit for New Jersey is $36 billion. Football is not a charity. The NFL doesn't owe anybody anything. It is entertainment. People are being entertained. Done. Are teams and the NFL skipping out their respective tabs and not paying taxes? Are they defrauding the government? If so, call the IRS. If not, then their debts are settled.

You had the nerve to actually say, "We've allowed league owners to cash in on American pride, and hunger for entertainment. We should insist they share American economic problems." This sentence is s poorly thought out. They cashed in on pride, sure but mostly it was fans who are proud of their local team and hometown heroes. They cashed in on our hunger for entertainment? THEY'RE ENTERTAINERS. If they didn't then you'd bitch they got paid for nothing. Insist they share our economic problems? You are a lunatic, plain and simple. What kind of crazy, socialist are you that thinks that the NFL should pay down our debt? Are you screaming for Apple to pay off California's debt because it's the richest company there? What about Microsoft in Washington? Since when is it the responsibility of a FOR PROFIT company to dip into those profits to help a state? If they want to, great. That's some nice goodwill, but to insist? I insist you quit your job immediately and stop poisoning America with your words. Am I going to get my way? No. Because you wrote that and someone agreed to print it. Just the way they charge $10 for a beer and someone agrees to pay.

I have had it with this hand holding, star wishing, rainbow shitting, s'more making, Kumbaya singing, let's help each other socialist society. Since when did the loony, lefty, liberals get so feisty anyway? They're not insistent usually. Anyway, I've had it. If I own a business to make a buck and I make a buck, then nobody else deserves my buck. And rest assured, nobody will get it. If I decide that my product that's worth a buck should be sold for 10 bucks and people flock to spend 10 times more than it's worth, then guess what? I'm gonna sell it for 10 bucks. It's called buyer beware.

Would you spend $80,000 on a Kia? No. But if someone says they have a Kia for sale at that price and stupid, uninformed people throw money at that guy... well who is he to say no? The business of business is business. The business of business is not social responsibility and caring for the feelings of people. I'm not saying to screw people intentionally.

Back to football for a minute. Fans want big plays. Nobody gets excited watching them run the ball up the gut for a yard. People want long runs, big passes, interceptions. This requires excellent players risking their bodies. Fans want a longer season. That's more injuries. That's more training. That's more of everything. Unless the center wants to get creamed by a 300-pound nose tackle and do it all pro bono, I'd say we better pay these men, these warriors, these modern day gladiators. When you're physically beaten so badly that you're career is over at an age when most industries are at their height, you need compensation. It's a game and you play it because you love it. Fans love it too and they pay to watch you play.

This is not just about football. This is about Apple selling a phone for $600 and a tablet for $800. This is about upscale bars with $30 martinis. This is about Samsung updating it's line of TVs twice a year in hopes people will keep putting out the shekels to pay for it. No company will intentionally go broke. So, talk to the people about overpaying. When the well runs dry, the companies will figure it out. Until then, leave it alone.

They charge, we pay. Such is the fiscal circle of life.

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