Hyperinflation, recession, financial crisis, mass layoff, currency devaluation, budget deficit, seasonal unemployment...
Those economic jargons listed above plus 456 other terms listed in the index page of the book, Principles of Economics (which I'm sad to say is required for me to read cover to cover) is said to be the economists' major concern.
So what's the big deal? Well for one, it affects all of us in a way that the content of our grocery bags, refrigerator, wallets, and purses will lessen at the same time we can't watch both the NBA all-star game and the Super Bowl. We definitely have to choose which one to watch. (Unless you're last name is Trump, Gates, or Buffett.)
Well, with all these problems on hand (and a lot more to come, that's what my pessimist economic professor said) do you think that you're getting what you're money's worth, specifically in sports.
Do you think the games you attend, the PPV's, the tickets, the beers, the popcorn and all the other sports related expenses you incur is worth your hard earned money?
Here's some examples...
The most recent, Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya, the dream match. Dubbed as competitive and nail-biter kind of a fight. In the end, it turned out as a one-sided beating. Yeah, sure the Filipinos like me love it but the question is, is it worth your $59.95?
No!, It's like watching a neighborhood bully beating up a younger nerdy-looking immigrant. Come to think of it, bullies are everywhere and they don't even bill you $59.95.
The not-so-recent but still fresh from everybody's memory. Floyd Mayweather versus Oscar De La Hoya, the world awaits. The marketing and promotion? Textbook brilliance. The fight? A substitute product for a sleeping pill. It makes me want to sleep. In short, boring.
The bigger guy punch and punch hitting nothing but air in the process. The smaller guy displayed brilliant hugging, clinching and running throughout the full 12 rounds. In the end, the world waited for nothing.
So what's more? They're thinking of Holyfield-Tyson III, all I can say is "what for?" These guys have had their times. They're at the sunset of their careers and believe me, just like cigarettes. It's going to be bad for their health.
Sure, it's going to generate a significant number of PPV buys but in the end the fans are not going to get what their money's worth.
The conclusion, we're not getting our money's worth. Solution? easy.. Don't pad your prospects record by pitting them against part-time cable operators. Don't staged a fight wherein two "old and washed up legends" go out against each other and most especially, Don't preach what you can't practice.
To the promoters and managers, I hope you read this. We're not fools, thanks for nothing, and boxing's not a cash cow.
All is not lost...I guess...