Its been a long 6 games, at the time of this writing, since the Toronto Maple Leafs have won a game. In that span the entire team managed as many goals as Alexander Ovechkin has – and he is one man. This has produced outrage, vitriol, insane Twitter madness over the lack of wins from the boys in blue. The city is in uproar, frustration, even CBC is talking about it. All of this begs the question: Why do we even care?
All this isn’t to say the Leafs don’t matter.
They don’t of course, not to me, not to society, not even to the Hockey world at this point.
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But the amount of Outrage (capital O) their losing has caused has to lead some to wonder:
What if, instead of being barking mad over sports team’s increasing losses, we were this passionate over world hunger.
Or transit, or Aids, or Nation Debt, or Education or or or or.
If we put this much care, emphasis, passion into something that mattered, what could society accomplish. We pour money into tickets, memorabilia, the team. What of the team and player salaries? Suppose we pour those funds into Cancer research?
Some Simple Math:
The Capacity for a Maple Leaf game at the Air Canada Center is 18,800 seats. Lets say half are filled.
9,400 seats X cheapest ticket price which appeared to be $70.00. Lets call it $50, say I have a good bookie or something.
They play about 40 home games per year, not including Playoffs
*Totally unlikely this year.
(9400 * 40) * $70 per ticket
376,000 * $70 per ticket
$26,320,000. A YEAR.
One team, cheapest seats, half capacity, only home games.
Double it if you add it games away.
Add in the other teams in the league and divide by half, because, you know, they have to each play someone .
30 teams, 2 play a game. multiple by 15.
Ticket sales for ONLY THE NHL bring in $789.6 MILLION
Cheapest seats, half capacity, no playoffs, purely ticket sales.
Can sports do more? Can we not spend our money on a more important endeavour for humanity?
Do sports matter enough to us to spend that much at least, every damn year? What happens if we consider MLB and NBA? Never mind that the average yearly attendance is consistently over 18,000, not 9,400.