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Sports overload

| Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The NFL wants to extend its season. What season? We don't have sports seasons anymore.

It used to be that baseball was “the boys of summer” and ran until Labor Day. Then football took over until January. Hockey started in late fall. If you've seen clips of old Stanley Cup games, they are dated in late January. Basketball used to be over in March. March madness ended the season.

But not anymore. The sports seasons all run together with baseball being played during football season when it's snowing and hockey in the summer and basketball seemingly all year long. How can fans and cities support these teams without a break? Families can't afford the cost.

The NFL wants to expand the season but can cities afford to do that? Cities are going bankrupt. Maybe Roger Goodell hasn't read the papers or seen the news. They can't afford to pay their policemen or firemen or offer basic services to their residents and now the NFL wants to enlarge the number of teams in the league. Is the NFL going to pay cities to do that?

The players' salaries are also unbelievable. How many policemen, firemen, waitresses or hotel workers make $15 million a year? There was a story about investigations into six-figure pay to firefighters for overtime. I think we have to re-evaluate our priorities — six figures to put their lives on the line or millions to entertain us?

I haven't read “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” but it seems like that's where we are headed with the Super Bowl becoming circus maximus with Roger Goodell as Caesar.

We don't need expansion. We need to repair and restore what made this nation great. My old standby line: Let's get back to basics!

Joyce Struhar

Buffalo Township

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