Is it me or do professional sports leagues seem to have a problem keeping their nose out of the player’s and in baseball’s most recent case, owner’s business? It starts with the NFL, called the No Fun League by some, regulating what a player can wear or what ways a player can celebrate. A player cannot wear a towel stuffed in his pants if it hangs longer than the league allows. The NFL would not let Peyton Manning wear black high top cleats in honor of Johnny Unitas the week he died because it violates the league rule on what cleats should look like. Is it really that important? As long as the players wear their team’s uniforms, who cares what kind of socks they wear?
Over the last couple of weeks we have been bombarded with the travesty that is the new NBA mandated dress code. I know some of the players in the NBA are young, but they are not in high school anymore. Most of the league is made up of adults who can make their own decisions.
The NBA after adopting the thuggish hip hop look is now backing away from that. The owners and commissioner of the league are afraid that the way the players dress before and after the game is setting a bad example for kids. Many will want to blame this on race, but it is purely a money issue as are all things such as this. The people who buy these $10,000 luxury boxes are Fortune 500 companies and the NBA is afraid of scaring that money off. Again, as long as you wear your team’s uniforms during the game, whatever you wear after work is your business.
Now we get the latest controversy, if you can call it that. Apparently major league baseball wants the Houston Astros to open the roof on their dome for tonight’s game. I guess the blimp people have paid to much money to sponsor MLB and not get a shot of the field from 6000 feet in the air. The Astros want the dome closed because it gives them a slight advantage and if I recall, home advantage means just that, the home team has an advantage. The Astros believe that with the roof closed the stadium is louder and it is a funner atmosphere.
Now if the Astros think this is an advantage for them then they should be able to do as they please. The only problem is that MLB has the authority to make decisions like this in the postseason and MLB wants the dome open. The Astros will probably have to do as they are told and this is another factor in the White Sox being destined to win the World Series.
I do not understand all these stupid battles that go in professional sports. I guess owners think that they can tell players what to do because they pay them such outrageous salaries. However, players would not make these salaries if owners were not willing to pay them. It all comes down to money, which is the way things are in the world of millionaires fighting billionaires.