TV Advertising = Pro Athlete Salaries = Ripoff
Now that the Superbowl is over, I can air my Pet Peeve. The Superbowl is just the only show in the world where TV viewers actually watch the commercials. The rest of the time, we hit the clicker to change channels when commercials come on, or TV programs and eliminate the commercials. The actual viewership of tv commercials cannot be higher than 10%, yet the cost of commercials (both tv time and production keeps going up.) This results in multi-million dollar pro athlete salaries, the high cost of tickets at pro games and the high cost of beer, soda, hotdogs and burgers at games. Political campaigns also spend millions on tv ads that nobody watches. We also need limits put on TV ad spending by politicians, or how about none. Let the interested people see and read about them on the internet or tv debates or in person. ...and we need limits on pro athlete salaries--not these ridiculously high multi-million dollar multi year contracts for somebody who never earned a degree--but can run faster, jump higher and catch or throw or hit a ball better than someone else. $3 million for a top athlete, $1.5 for an average athlete and $1 or less for a so-so pro should be enough--way more than they would ever earn if they had to do a real job for a living. This is ridiculous, especially when the rest of the country and economy is in dire straights and the average person is hard pressed to make ends meet. It's time to let TV stations, advertisers and pro franchises know--that we are not going to buy their products or continue to pay their high prices. ...the era of the $6 beer at stadiums/arenas and $4 hotdogs needs to end. ...the era of politicians/political parties spending multi-millions for a hundred thousand dollar a year job also needs to end--along with all the millions spent by lobbyists and corporations to get special treatment for their interests.... Whose with me!
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