Cancel the Super Bowl!
(Or, Vince Lombardi Was a Putz)
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb
The time has come to close down commercial "sport" businesses and return sports to their rightful status as participatory, local, recreational activities for everyday citizens.
The quickest way to return sport to its rightful place as recreational activity for the population-instead of a travesty open only to the few, the dumb and the oversized-would be to cancel Superbowl XLIII and all such subsequent commercial football contests. This would serve as a dramatic statement that we, the public, no longer wish to patronize these grossly commercial distortions of the sports we loved to play as young people.
Yes, the upcoming Superbowl XLIII should ideally be cancelled immediately, and all the parasitic business enterprises which exploit televised commercial games to sell T-shirts, motor vehicles, vacation packages, beers, deodorants, insurance, floor cleaning products, power tools, toothpaste and dog food should find other uses for their advertising budgets-like bus stop kiosks.
Those businesses which call themselves "professional sports" delude themselves just as we ("sports fans") are self-deluded. Truly, there is no lasting glory where grown-ups devote their lives to performing highly-regimented seasonal games simply to sell tickets, garner endorsement contracts, and return large dividends to team investors.
Accurate Naming Helps Understanding
We must first honestly name these activities if we are to understand their effects. Although different "sports" may be employed in different settings, team corporations uniformly exploit some sport-like activity, be it baseball, football, soccer, etc. Their goal (you'll pardon the expression) is to convert a healthy community-based sporting activity into a business opportunity which can be exploited to produce a profit.