Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Sportz Bubble

Upon further thought, this is deserving of an individual post:

Kyle Whelliston is you and I. He is the WAC and so many more conferences. He is the underdog, the one representing the hoi polloi -- the vast majority -- who generally cannot (and usually won't if such is possible) buy, influence, leverage or especially bully favor.

He fronts the authentic -- not out of any sense of self-righteousness -- but because it is the right thing to do.

He has never been more supportable than he is now -- a true free agent giving to us and the sport he loves.

Call the above a bro-mance letter if necessary but his head and heart are in the right place, the thickness or thinness of his wallet will not dictate his actions and he is one of America's finest sports writers.

Kyle Whelliston
The Mid-Majority
December 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- What is the Sports Bubble? Can you see it? Would you recognize it if you could? Does it have a smell, touch, taste? Can its movements be tracked with GPS or radar? We know it exists, we know that. But is what dimension, on what plane of consciousness?

There is no sole point of focus, no single mastermind behind the Sports Bubble. There's no Doctor Drakken that built it in order to rule the world. There is no evil company that created it in an evil laboratory. The Sports Bubble did not exist 30 years ago, but it isn't ESPN.

The Bubble has no birthday. It was born out of a disparate series of moments and factors, all having to do with finance and greed. Free agency, scarcity of appropriate human resources, television, apparel sponsorships and luxury suites are the reasons why, but they're all neither ends nor means. Sports like basketball were humble performance-based entertainments once, like movies or the circus. Then, all of a sudden, there was a lot of money...

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