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Pro sports rears its ugly head(s)

November 1, 2007 - Neil Rudel

This is a perfect week to illustrate the greed too prevalent in professional sports.

On the day the Red Sox were clinching the World Series, Alex Rodriquez was announcing plans to pursue free agency. Teams were supposed to stay away from major announcements during the World Series. This apparently didn't apply to selfish individuals and their agents.

Two days later --  on the day the Red Sox were staging a victory parade in Boston -- Curt Schilling announced he would become a free agent. This trumps the ARod move and surely could have waited another day or two.

At the same time, baseball becomes less relevant every year because it remains the most poorly marketed of the major sports -- content to end all of its most important games after midnight.

Then the NBA opens amid the backdrop of Kobe Bryant, whose contract is worth $135 million, wanting to be traded. The team that acquires him would have to be nuts, but rest assured one will.

College sports -- not that they don't have problems -- and high school sports are far more refreshing.



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