Team Spectator Sports
Why do governments pump so much money into team spectator sports?
- It seems strange the government subsidises the tickets of relatively wealthy people, funding them by tax dollars from the poor who don’t get to go to games.
- Team sports frequently generate violent drunken brawls in which stores are looted, bystanders are injured and large numbers of police are put at risk.
What is the benefit that overrides these problems? I suggest team sport are a training ground for blind nationalism. In team sports you learn to root for your team right or wrong. Even if a member of your team has committed a penalty, you pretend they did not and protest the decision. You learn to lust for injuries to the other team.
When you develop similar loyalties for your country, you will approve of its actions no matter what. It can be stingy. It can attack other nations unprovoked. It can take advantage of small countries. It can break its treaties. It can sell arms to terrorists. None of these matter. It is team Canada!~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)