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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
  Sports/diplomatic immunity

Just a quick thought.

I caught a little coverage on the sports fiascos over the weekend, but the one that intrigued me the most, was some guy (clueless, but seemed to be a sports labor rep) on FOX (yes, occassionally I pause there) who had the idea of sports figures being barred for a year and fans going to criminal trials.

Why? Why is it somehow appropriate for sports figures' punishment to be reserved to the sport? Do we have the equivalent of diplomatic immunity for sports players? If you make $20m playing for some corporation, that sort of implies that you are not subject to the criminal courts for actions that are clearly criminal? Is this now defacto law?

I remember the basketball player who choked his coach, and how I kept wondering why he wasn't criminally prosecuted for assault. I still don't know why.

Have we, through precedent, created a class of 'sports immunity' to prosecution? I mean, I know that even when they go to trial, juries seem to let them off, but have we decided we as a society that we are no longer going to even attempt to bring these people before the courts.

If so, if a defacto 'sports immunity' exists, what does that mean?

The more I think about it, the more I am disgusted...

Note: I have a friend who used to take his converted old schoool bus to the infield of every NASCAR race with in driving range. He was the biggest NASCAR fan I knew. He no longer attends. More than that, he no longer even watches. The cost of attending went from $75 dollars to bring in his bus into the infield to $750 dollars plus ticket costs for everyone on his bus. Now it is $1500 dollars. I think NASCAR is going to destroy itself, like many other sports, by pricing out of attendance the very fans that made it/them successful. We'll see.

Oh, he didn't even know who was where in the ratings this year, and my other friends didn't have a clue how the new ratings system even worked. Bad sign for NASCAR in the long term I think. 
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