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It's been what, 5 months without sports for the most part? You know what? I don't miss them one iota! I have found so many other things to occupy my time, that I don't really even have time for them anymore. 

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I've been doing a shit-load of reading and catching up on old movies, dvds, YouTube. I know we've talked about this before. I'm mostly a baseball guy, but I was ok with the break and would still be ok with a break until 2021. Kinda of a nice breather because I get pretty invested in a season once it starts.

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The thing no one dares mention is the impact this lock down is having on interest in spectator sports. Being a sports fan is like being a smoker. Part of the dependency is the ritual and structure of it. The smoker takes a break every hour to smoke, collect his thoughts and get the nicotine hit. The football fan has their weekend in the fall, where they have scheduled social activities around games. Like the smoker, the sports fan builds their life around the habit.

People who quit a vice like smoking or drinking note that they also quit the social scene that goes with it. They lose touch with Sally from accounting who they used to take smoke breaks with every day. The people at the bar are no longer a part of their life. That’s what will happen with sports. Those weekends in the fall will be filled with other things and after the withdrawal pains subside, the habit will be lost. People who cut cable know this experience. In time, you don’t miss it.

This is not idle speculation. It has been known for a long time in the sports world that the recovery time after a work stoppage is very long. When a sports league shuts down due to labor strife, it takes years for the fans to return. It’s not because they are mad at the greedy players and owners. The fans simply find other things to do with their time and many of them drift away entirely. Millions have probably broken the habit already and that is before the hate whitey lectures were added.

There is one final piece to this puzzle. The growth of sports entertainment has tracked the arc of the Baby Boom generation. Look at attendance figures for sports in the 1960’s and 1970’s, before Boomers were dominating the market. Ball parks rarely sold out and the audience for televised product was limited. In the 1980’s as the Boomers took over the marketplace, sports boomed. When they could play tennis, professional tennis was huge. Then it was golf that had a boom.

The fact is, the sports entertainment model was built for and on the Baby Boomer generation, which is now entering its power down cycle. Boomers are retiring and that means down-sizing their lives. The major sports leagues are facing a demographic reality that cannot be overcome with happy talk about diversity. Non-whites don’t spend like whites and they cannot sustain an economic model built for whites. What happened to California is what is coming for sports entertainment.

This demographic cliff has been known to the sports leagues for a long time, which is why they happily throw in with the hate-whitey stuff. Sure, many of the principles really do hate white people, but much of it driven by the carnival barker’s belief in his ability to will an audience into existence. They really do think they can cast the same spell on the brown hordes that they cast on white people and get the same result. The virus panic and cultural revolution will put those theories to the test.

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Scottish football season starts tomorrow and I can't fucking wait. Been looking forward to the first match since they announced when the new season would start.

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For a short break, it was okay.

Going back to 'normal' (or at least in that direction) is better long term

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Really hasn't affected me much at all other than ProLine which I mainly do on football with some hockey thrown in.

Basketball-fuck off who cares. 
Baseball- no longer entertaining. 
Hockey-I'll watch until the Jets are eliminated, then pfft.


Football-to be determined. Not crazy about the Las Vegas Raiders and the game in general has been losing my attention for years.


Don't really watch much of Golf, tennis, NASCAR and boxing pretty much doesn't even exist anymore, at least for me. 


I'll catch EPL,  especially Liverpool games. 


But on the whole I really haven't missed it and have caught up on reading, listening to music, real wrestling and binge watching tv shows. 


I think that in the years to follow I'll mainly get sports through 15 minutes of highlights. And not because of millennial short attention spam syndrome but mainly because of the quality or lack thereof of the product . 

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Really hasn't affected me much at all other than ProLine which I mainly do on football with some hockey thrown in.

Basketball-fuck off who cares. 
Baseball- no longer entertaining. 
Hockey-I'll watch until the Jets are eliminated, then pfft.


Football-to be determined. Not crazy about the Las Vegas Raiders and the game in general has been losing my attention for years.


Don't really watch much of Golf, tennis, NASCAR and boxing pretty much doesn't even exist anymore, at least for me. 


I'll catch EPL,  especially Liverpool games. 


But on the whole I really haven't missed it and have caught up on reading, listening to music, real wrestling and binge watching tv shows. 


I think that in the years to follow I'll mainly get sports through 15 minutes of highlights. And not because of millennial short attention spam syndrome but mainly because of the quality or lack thereof of the product . 

What's proline?

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freebirdsforever2019 wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: Really hasn't affected me much at all other than ProLine which I mainly do on football with some hockey thrown in.

Basketball-fuck off who cares. 
Baseball- no longer entertaining. 
Hockey-I'll watch until the Jets are eliminated, then pfft.


Football-to be determined. Not crazy about the Las Vegas Raiders and the game in general has been losing my attention for years.


Don't really watch much of Golf, tennis, NASCAR and boxing pretty much doesn't even exist anymore, at least for me. 


I'll catch EPL,  especially Liverpool games. 


But on the whole I really haven't missed it and have caught up on reading, listening to music, real wrestling and binge watching tv shows. 


I think that in the years to follow I'll mainly get sports through 15 minutes of highlights. And not because of millennial short attention spam syndrome but mainly because of the quality or lack thereof of the product . 

What's proline?

Betting on games. Maybe just a Canadian thing. Pick anywhere from 3 to 6 games, can be a mix of any sports that have games during a week. You can spread them out over the week or like I do for NFL pick 6 games off the Sunday games or the Monday nighter.
You pick WIN, LOSE OR TIE. Team has to win by 7 or more for a win. There are odds posted, like NE 2.5 to win over Cleveland and Cleveland is set at 7.0, say so higher payoff if Cleveland wins.
I normally play $5 and 6 games.
It's like a lottery ticket really. The system when your ticket is entered will multiply your $5 say x whatever the odds are for the games you picked.
Something like $5 x 2.5 × 5.0 × 1.6 × 4.0 × 4.0 × 5.0 or whatever they are and that number is your payoff. But you have to get every game on your ticket correct. 

You can pick 6 sure fire favorites with the lowest odds and bet $5 buck and make maybe $50 or less.
On a couple of occasions I've won over $2000.00 in a weekend and back in the days of tie games in hockey won $660 by picking 6 games in hockey because I had Boston and Montreal as a tie game and Boston scored with 6 seconds left in the game to tie it.
There must be something similar in Murica.

The rules changed on how much could be bet at any one time years ago.  I think the limit now is $50 but it was much higher at one time and these two guys in Toronto did nothing but handicap games and break things down and were spending big money and winning big. Ontario Lotteries got passed I guess, you really aren't supposed to win in their eyes, much like casinos. These guys had no jobs but were making a shitload of untaxable income because it's considered a lottery and therefore  not taxed  in Canada. 

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I enjoyed boxing on two or three nights a week while the other sports were off. Now that they are coming back, it's disappeared again. No shock there.

I'll have sports on as background noise but my time investing like I used to into watching is probably done.

Sports that I love have changed a lot in the last 30-40 years I have watched them, and not usually for the better.
As pro sports move away from body contact more and more, so does my interest.
That may sound a bit neanderthal, but I miss when games were played with genuine bad blood and hate when rivals clashed. Now everyone is friends and co-millionaires, and it shows in the product in both intensity and the rule changes and structure of the games.

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khawk wrote:
That may sound a bit neanderthal, but I miss when games were played with genuine bad blood and hate when rivals clashed. Now everyone is friends and co-millionaires, and it shows in the product in both intensity and the rule changes and structure of the games.

The intensity has become ritualized.  They substituted personalized celebrations, chest pounding, and get-me-on-Sportscenter routines to show how allegedly focused they are.  Did guys like Bobby Clarke, Jack Lambert, or Pete Rose need crap like that?  Nope.  You just knew they would step over their own mother to win a game.  It showed in their faces and the way they played the game.   



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