I can’t believe this is still an issue, but it is. Five years after Jeff Passan wrote at length about the ridiculousness of MLB’s blackout policy, and four years after I did the same, Dave Cameron adds his voice, because NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Large numbers of people in large chunks of the US can’t see large numbers of games.
“It was not a labor union that tried to sell you a subprime mortgage back in the day. It was not a labor union that thought credit default swaps were just a wonderful investment instrument. It was not the labor unions that had to be bailed out because they were “too big to fail.” If only.”—Jon Carroll
“Blaming the studios for everything lets another culprit off too easily: us. We can complain until we’re hoarse that Hollywood abandoned us by ceasing to make the kinds of movies we want to see, but it’s just as true that we abandoned Hollywood.”—Mark Harris on why movies suck (but not, unfortunately, what can be done about it).
SCOTT LEMIEUX passes along a pretty useful point to keep in mind, courtesy of his friend Ken Sherrill.
Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows:South Carolina – 50th
North Carolina – 49th
Georgia – 48th
Texas – 47th
Virginia – 44thIf you are wondering, Wisconsin, with its collective bargaining for teachers, is ranked 2nd in the country.
As Mr Lemieux says, this doesn’t show that collective bargaining makes school systems better. But it makes it pretty hard to argue the converse.