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Nov. 30, 2005

Sports pay matter of demand

In response to Fred Buttaccio's opinion piece "Women's athletics on the rise despite unequal pay," I find his arguments, well, laughable.

First of all, there were many blatantly false statements in the piece. The most glaring is the fact that Terrell Owens was not responsible for the "feed my family" debacle with his contract negations. That gem belongs to the one and only Latrell Sprewell.

While women's athletics are gaining respect, to say that they "have pioneered their way into professional leagues with sold-out arenas" is absurd. The Seattle Storm, the 2004 WNBA Champions, drew an average of 7,899 people for their games. Key Arena in Seattle has a maximum capacity of 17,072. I would hardly call that a "sold-out arena." Tickets for a Storm game range from $10 to $90 per ticket, depending on location.

Now, since it appears to be the object of his disdain, let us examine the NBA. The Detroit Pistons, the 2004 NBA Champions, averaged a sell-out crowd of 22,076 for every home game during the 2004 season. Tickets for a Pistons game range from $22 to more than $3,500.

On this same note, I must ask if Buttaccio has ever taken an economics course. If so, he would understand the simple concepts of supply and demand. Basic economic understanding explains that when there is high demand for a product, the price of said products increases. When the demand for a product is low, the price of the product decreases. As one can see by looking at the attendance figures above, the demand for a WNBA game is not exactly out the roof.

The reasoning behind the drastically less pay for female athletes is quite simple -- the demand just is not there to produce the revenue needed for higher pay. As unfair as it may seem, athletes, whether male or female, are paid based solely upon their entertainment value and the demand that they create for the product they produce. Male athletes in the NBA, NFL, and MLB have such high demands for their products that constant upgrades are needed to current venues to attempt to meet the rising demand for seats. Furthermore, a ticket for a single game can cost upwards of $5,000, depending on the location of the seat and the importance of the game.

When women's athletics can create this kind of demand, only then will their salaries be equal to that of their male counterparts.

Oh, and please never, EVER, use Shawn Bradley and MVP in the same sentence.

Ty McNeely
Marketing 2007

End times column disturbing

I know that comments do not mean anything, but I would like to express my feelings of sadness toward the Lariat for running the column "Identification chip might signal coming of end times."

As a senior business major at Baylor reading an article that is neither written well nor valid in any kind of fact that is placed in the Lariat makes me sick to my stomach. We can't post articles in the Lariat regarding "un-Christian-like" things, such as sex, vulgarity, homosexuality ... but the end of the universe coming? Sure, that's great! Especially when it is by far the dumbest piece of literature I have ever gazed upon.

Please think carefully about the articles you run in the Lariat. This is not 1950 or 1500 B.C.

Jessica Hall
Marketing 2006