One Night Only! Why Special Events are Top Reasons for Good Sports

Joe LaflecheCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

WASHINGTON - MAY 13:  An exterior view of the Verizon Center prior to the game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins in  Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal  Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Penguins defeated the Capitals 6-2 to move into the semifinals.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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While you flip through the channels on a Thursday evening, trying to see if you can find ANYTHING to watch, you realize there are no games tonight. Why? Because every team, either hockey, football, or baseball has vacated the premises for the evening.

Okay, but why? Because of special events. Metallica's in concert in Montreal, Lady Gaga has a concert in Tampa and the Rolling Stones are doing what seems to be like comeback tour No. 58 or so in Denver.

So you, aggravated sports, fan are forced to watch reruns of MASH for the 12th time at least. But is it really such a bad thing? Well maybe for you, unless if your going to the concert, but not for the franchise you know and love.

Let me explain: Fans = money and therefore, in sports where salary caps are non present at least, money = good players which results in wining the Super bowl or the Stanley cup or the world series or what have you and this results in more fans. But what if there are no fans in the stands? Then what? Enter the world of music.

Every time an artist comes to a city to entertain their loyal and sometimes annoying fans, they have to rent the stage area, pay the security, road crew and etc.

So even if your team is not playing, it's still making money. One night because of KISS and the other because of Akon and the next, Disney on ice.

Not to mention concession profit either! In stadiums where a simple beer can cost you an arm and a leg, teams make amazing profit. Let's presume the average person will spend 10$ on concessions, and were in a small 10,000 seat hockey arena that's still $100,000 in sales. That's the price of a couple new workout machines or medical equipment.

So when your bored next Tuesday watching your All In The Family, think about all those screaming fans currently going insane over The Jonas Brothers as they pay your way to a higher level of entertainment for sunday's match up. You might not like The Black Eyed Peas but in their own way, they're paying for your favorite athletes paycheck