If you watch ESPN, you can’t help but notice how hard they are selling the NBA. They have a financial interest, for sure, but they are well into extreme slurping at this point. Their obsession with the Donald Sterling story was uncomfortable to watch. The parade of ESPN personalities performing sacred rituals showing their loyalty to the cause was a little like watching a UFO cult appeal to the stars.
Part of it is the network is run by Jews and the Tribe loves basketball. In the book, A Renegade History of the United States, Thaddeus Russell detailed how basketball was originally a Jewish sport. The Forward did a story on the dominance of The Tribe in basketball back when Donald Sterling was drawing unwanted attention to the fact. It stands to reason that a sports network run by the Tribe is going to cover the Tribe’s favorite sport.
That’s only a small part of their obsession. ESPN is stocked to the gills with liberal fanatics. The brighter types like Tony Kornheiser know how to blunt their fanaticism in order to hold an audience. Guys like Bill Plaschke are too stupid to pull that off so they go on the air ululating like lunatics whenever the opportunity arises. I find myself fast forwarding through a lot of their offerings because it is cringe inducing to watch it.
The Cult is berserk for the NBA because it is a fringe sport now. Like soccer, it is not enjoyed by the core of America. The NBA is the black man’s league and played by freaks that represent such a tiny slice of humanity that they may as well be from another planet. That appeals to the Cult’s anti-white male attitudes, their anti-Americanism and their general hatred of normal people . Not only are there no white males in the NBA, the sport has very little to do with the forms of masculinity that so offends the Cult.
Anyway, that setup was in lead up to this story I spied on ESPN today. First off you have Pablo Torre. He is the fake nerd ESPN likes to promote. He is a two-fer, in the head counting of modern liberalism. He plays his role without question and he has a Latino name. He’s also a polite ball washer who never wanders off the reservation and says anything vexing to his bosses.
Then we have the female head of the players union. She’s black and lacks a penis so the folks at ESPN were probably fainting in the aisles over this story. Her big talk about taking on the evil pale penis people, who run the NBA, is catnip for the Cult. The fact that she was an ornament at an overclass law firm is even better. Skadden is the pinnacle of ruling class law firms. You don’t go to them when you need a parking ticket fixed. You hire them when you’re in a beef with some other ruling class guy. They do a lot of work for clients like professional sports leagues and their television partners.
In the story you have some great nonsense.
Michele Roberts, the NBA players’ union executive director, on Wednesday questioned several of the principles that for decades have governed owner-player relations in the league, objecting to the concept of a salary cap while making clear she’d push for much more than a 50-50 split of basketball-related income.
“Why don’t we have the owners play half the games?” Roberts said, speaking in her Harlem office to ESPN The Magazine. “There would be no money if not for the players.”
“Let’s call it what it is. There. Would. Be. No. Money,” she added, pausing for emphasis. “Thirty more owners can come in, and nothing will change. These guys [the players] go? The game will change. So let’s stop pretending.”
Roberts, hailed as one of the most brilliant trial lawyers in the United States, made history in July by being elected the first female union chief in major North American sports.
But given the context of a nine-year, $24 billion TV deal set to begin in 2016, and the players’ ability to opt out of the league’s collective bargaining agreement after the 2016-17 season, Roberts’ relatively radical perspective could prove to be just as profound a change.
“I don’t know of any space other than the world of sports where there’s this notion that we will artificially deflate what someone’s able to make, just because,” she said, talking about a salary cap — a collectively bargained policy that, in its current form, has constrained team spending in the NBA since 1984-85. “It’s incredibly un-American. My DNA is offended by it.”
I may have to start going to church again if this woman does follow through with this threat. I’m sure she is the most brilliant attorney on earth and all that, but there’s a reason why she signs the back of pay checks and not the front. It’s also why she is not sitting in the owner’s box somewhere. Having her lead a revolt by the players against the owners would probably be the funniest bit of TV imaginable. It would be Cult on Cult violence.
Almost as good as Fake Indian ascending to leadership of the Democrats in the Senate.