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And Another Thing


NFL owners: Stealing money

And now, the total, unedited list of things that are more mortally useless than the NFL's fourth preseason games:

1. A snowblower in the Sahara, and

2. A Karaoke machine in a monastery.

That's it. That's the list.

Which makes me wonder if the NFL's owners ever feel a twinge of guilt when they make people pay full price for tickets to that fourth preseason game. It's theft on a grand scale, frankly, the "grand" part arising from the fact that it's all perfectly legal. Just like Personal Seat Licenses are perfectly legal, even though PSLs are nothing more than a transparent device to double-charge customers.

Anyway .... what kind of brilliant PR stroke would it be for some owner to step up and declare that, henceforth, the fourth preseason game would be First 20,000 Fans Get In Free Day? Or First 30,000? Or, hell, everybody?

Looks, it's not like they couldn't afford it, considering they're invested in a multi-billion dollar enterprise. And it really would be a brilliant PR stroke.

Alas, it'll never happen. After all, gouging the suckers is a time-honored tradition here in America. And it's especially true in professional sports.

I mean, what do you think the acronym "NFL" stands for, anyway?

Try "No Free Lunch."

Ben Smith's blog.