-Juvenal (late 1st- early 2nd century, anno domini)
Companies like General Motors and Dominoes Pizza made the winning list. GM made it because to have it go under may have crashed the economy outright. Domino's was bailed out so that Monsanto could continue to collude with the FDA to try and stamp out small dairies. In the post-bailout world, there is a motive behind every taxpayer-funded industry, a method to their diabolical madness.
Professional sports has been hit by the economic downturn like everybody else. The moneyed powers keep the pro sports around because there is still cash flow in some larger markets.
Also, the circus allows the severely duped to continue on thinking nothing is the matter and all is solvent. Patrons are charged for parking, food and drink, merchandise, and allowed to associate themselves with a team. The corporate tyrants have brainwashed generations of men to worship professional sports and the players who play them. For the time being, this "tribal" association with a sports team has artificially substituted fulfilling the (typically male, though not exclusively male) acceptance need. Through economic tyranny, the financial masters are able to "short-circuit the natural tendency for people to cooperate for their survival, and teach them to form teams based on domination and winning." Economic survival in the U.S.A. has reached such a pressure-packed, decadent, and confused state that fans of opposing teams actually physically harm each other terribly because of the differences. Just last month some Dodger fans beat the pulp out of a helpless Giant fan for no reason after a ballgame. The Giants fan remains in a medically-induced coma.
"With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us"
Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced they would assume the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers ballclub. though MLB gave the reason of a "complicated divorce" as the reason for taking the team over, the real reason is economic insolvency. Though the ballclub is ridiculously in debt (Commissioner Bud Selig allows teams to have as much debt as ten times operating income; or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization). Owner Frank McCourt is miffed because other teams are in a similar position (see NY Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, the NBA's New Orleans Hornets) but the owners of those clubs were allowed to keep their team, even get loaned operating expenses by the MLB and NBA. Clearly, there is a unique form of favoritism happening in major circus markets. Sorry, Mr. McCourt, the direction you were taking the Dodgers isn't the direction the money masters have planned for one of baseball's most storied franchises. (pictured right: Reggie Jackson attempts to kill the Queen from The Naked Gun)