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Take One For The Team

13 May 2020 Views From The Booth Sports

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Greetings from The Booth!

First, congrats to the Shenandoah University Athletic Department. The Hornet student-athletes placed first among 20 D-3 schools in an annual community service competition, totaling over 63-hundred hours of community service in 2019-2020. Among those that benefited from SU’s efforts were the American Red Cross, Orchard View and Quarles Elementary Schools, Bright Futures, and more. Shenandoah University Athletics places a big emphasis on helping the surrounding community, and Hornet athletes are highly visible at events like Winchester Kiwanis Pancake Day, and many other events. This is a well-deserved honor.

As the pandemic continues, it’s time for, “What Sports I Watched This Week.” Among other things, I took a glance at Ultimate, a game that resembles football played with a frisbee. I watched some PBA Bowling, much to the chagrin of my wife, and locked in on the last 3 or 4 innings of Max Scherzer’s 2015 near-perfect game against the Pirates.

A must-see continues to be the Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance.” I caught up on episodes 7 & 8 early this week, with only 2 episodes remaining. I’m really going to miss this when it’s over. The latest installments touched on Jordan’s short-lived retirement, his attempt at becoming a professional baseball player (he actually drove in 50 runs for the AA Birmingham Barons), and the tragic death of his father. A compelling documentary, that has really helped to fill the hole that the lack of live sports has created.

Speaking of live sports, this week the Major League Baseball owners presented a proposal to the player’s union that outlined a plan for a 2020 season. That plan includes an early July start to the season (without fans) and an 82-game regionalized schedule. These were things that were discussed yesterday by the 2 parties, along with safety measures, testing, and venues. What wasn’t covered in the Tuesday talks was compensation.

I guess it’s no surprise that money is going to be a stumbling block. The issues at hand are prorated salaries for the players and revenue sharing. About 40% of a team’s revenue comes from tickets, merchandising, parking, etc. Since games will be played without fans, that’s a big chunk of lost revenue that no one gets to split up.

I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs and finer points to revenue sharing and salaries. I would just say this to the players: take a hit and play for less money this season. We need a Summer with baseball for our collective national psyche, and with over 30 million Americans out of work right now, a bunch of billionaires & millionaires squabbling over money is not a good look.

Players, do the right thing, and “take one for the team.”

Stay safe, and until next time from The Booth, GO HORNETS!


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