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Sports as a Business - What does the future hold?



I posted this on the latest Carmelo trade thread - but I think this is an interesting debate, and far more interesting than arguing the merits of the rumored permutations of the Carmelo trade.  It is clear to everyone on this board what side of the coin we are on.......


On Thanksgiving my future father in law was asking me why spend money for seats for the Nets or any other sporting event when technology makes it a much better vantage point just watching at home. 

However, I have to agree - that with the advances in technology the ability to watch a game on a 60 inch HDTV in your living room without having to wait on security lines, pay exorbiant prices for concessions, listen to the annoying fan behind you, have people continually walking in front of you, etc really has started to take away the magic of watching games live.  And considering that within 3 years we will be able to see all games in 3D - that becomes an even bigger advantage to watching at home.

I wonder what happens when this reality really starts to dawn on the majority of fans and the owners are left holding the bag for exorbiant player salaries when the games are played in front of half empty arenas (all of which are financed and left with large debt obligations)?

Instead of seeing expansion across leagues - do we actually see a contraction?  Do we see more teams end up in bankruptcy - however due to a decline in revenues across the league - the league is actually unable to afford to bail them out? 

As the latest NetsDaily news post on Proky shows - he views this as a business and nothing more, nothing less.  This is just an investment for him, and is as much about the real estate revenue as it is about seeing the Nets win a title.  That is the sad reality in sports - from players to owners - it is a business and all about the money.

What happens when the experience is better at home and fans opt to spend that ticket revenue on new home theater setups, vacations, bills, savings, etc?  What does the future hold?

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