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Occupy Bourbon Street? Big-Time Sports and Inequality

I picked the wrong year to quit sniffing glue.

I grew up rooting for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Saint Louis Cardinals. I went to the University of Alabama for my undergraduate education and Washington University in Saint Louis for graduate school. I tried to give up spectator sports this year as I have an unbounded set of things I want to do and limited time and energy with which to do them. I haven’t really cared about the NBA, NFL, NHL, or college basketball in years, so I thought giving up college football and Cardinals baseball wouldn’t be that hard.

And then, as Summer started changing into Fall, my resolve faded.

From May through August, I checked periodically to see how the Cardinals were doing. It was pretty clear I wasn’t missing anything until the end of the season. When the Cardinals made it to the World Series, I could hold out no longer.

I thought I could get by with just a little college football. I watched bits of the Alabama-Penn State game. Then I decided to watch the Bama-Arkansas game and my (back)slide down the slippery slope was complete. Now, everyone outside the Southeast is angry that my beloved Crimson Tide is getting another shot at LSU in an unprecedented BCS matchup in New Orleans featuring two teams not only from the same conference, but from the same division of the same conference.

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Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business.