Sunday, July 15, 2012

Seattle's NBA fans hope to have a voice in arena debate | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times

I think that the idea of who the sports fan is is antiquated. The last time I went to a Mariners game, several years ago, it was with my family. We were not unusual. We were not an island of societal normalcy adrift in a sea of aged frat boys.

We were among similar people that like sports, and movies, and time out with their friends and family.

The idea that these people, we, don't vote is absurd.

The things that really changed are the ways that people that enjoy sports get and give information, they understand the power and influence of purchasing power. They are subject to some of the most intense and sofisticated marketing corporate America has to offer, and they plow through it. They know when an athlete, or manager, is not being "real".
That last part is a developed skill, transferable to other parts of our everyday lives, including our evaluation of the authenticity of politicians.
Every councilmember has said that they "want the Sonics back" or are a "sports fan". For the most part that is true, we can tell, by your approach to the "game". We can tell which players are faking interest in the fan/voter.
Worse, we tend to keep score, remember players that didn't give a full effort, know who the quitters are.

The game is politics.
You can say whatever you want, but we know that in the end it is the score, the votes, that count.
We remember these things, winning and losing, and how you played the game.

Seattle's NBA fans hope to have a voice in arena debate | Jerry Brewer | The Seattle Times
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrybrewer/2018683934_brewer15.html


Have a great day,
Mike Baker

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