Only in professional sports can someone expect a multi-million dollar raise and then pout when they don’t get it.

As much as I love baseball, I get tired of players complaining about how much money they don’t make.

The claim this year is that owners are colluding and not signing players.

There are still several free agents waiting for a big pay day, even though spring training is well under way and the regular season starts at the end of the month.

Maybe owners have decided not to meet the demands of every player, but that does not mean there is a conspiracy.

Maybe an owner or two said they were not going to overspend for players, and more decided to follow suit.

In no other job can employees expect a big raise every year, not even if they are outstanding in their jobs — at least not at the rate that athletes expect to be compensated.

We love our sports, and we love — sometimes a little too much — our teams and players.

We go to games, buy the clothes and the memorabilia, and we live and die with each win and loss. But mostly, we help pay their salaries.

Because we buy all the stuff mentioned above, it helps teams afford to pay the players.

Every fan wants their teams to pay the players, so they stay on the team and help the team win, but going to games is almost cost-prohibitive.

The last Major League Baseball game I attended was a couple of years ago, and it was a spring training game in Arizona.

The best seats are cheaper than at a regular season game, and the atmosphere is better. It didn’t hurt that I was watching baseball while soaking up the sun while the weather was much colder here.

The only baseball games I go to on a regular basis are the College World Series, the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Nebraska Cornhuskers or Big Ten Tournament.

I go to these games because I love the game, the atmosphere, and it’s much cheaper than the MLB product.

I cannot even remember the last MLB game I attended because its extremely costly.

I would love to see all player contracts rolled back if it meant I wouldn’t have to spend several hundred dollars to attend.

It is hard for people who do not have an endless supply of disposable cash to feel sympathy for players whose contractual demands are not being met.

The average person cannot relate to making $1 million, let alone $20 million a year.

Fans cannot relate to the modern athlete.

Maybe there is collusion, and it’s from the fans who stay home or don’t watch on TV.


Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.