Two stories of note today, both of which strike me as signs that any justice that once existed (if it ever did, of course) in North American professional sports and entertainment is officially gone.
THE MONTREAL EXPOS: A formal news conference is scheduled today to announce the departure of the Montreal Expos to Washington, D.C. This has been in the cards for some time, especially since Jeffery Loria – the former owner of the Expos, who in the words of a close friend put the final nails in the Expos’ coffin when he sold the franchise rights to Major League Baseball in exchange for a takeover of the Florida Marlins – sealed the deal back in 2002.
The Expos have averaged less than 10,000 fans a game this season. They’ve spent the past two seasons playing a series of “home games” in San Juan. Ever since the Expos’ dream season of 1994 – a team that should have won the World Series but was denied due to the near-megalomania of players and owners in the worst professional sports strike in North American history – it’s been all downhill since then. Declining attendence, a weak Canadian dollar, unfair revenue sharing policies that still reward big-market teams in spite of a “luxury tax” that is only postponing the inevitable salary cap have all contributed to the fate of the Expos.
33 years of baseball is officially down the drain. R.I.P., Montreal Expos.
FILE-SHARING A POTENTIALLY CRIMINAL ACT: You want to know how insane the U.S. government has officially become? Instead of dealing with things like Osama Bin Laden, a federal deficit that’s completely out of control and an insecure homeland, what’s the U.S. House of Representatives doing? Drafting and passing bills that makes file-sharing a criminal act.
I don’t know what makes this more infuriating – the fact that the House is making P2P sharing a criminal offense or that the House is wasting time on bills that have little to do with the welfare of the country. My U.S. friends who share music can now rest assured that their government is watching them and you’ll spend time behind bars for trading that bootleg copy of Britney Spears’ concert, along side murderers and con artists. Aren’t you all lucky to living in a country with such a great sense of the rule of law?