Who really pays for everything – 101.

Here is my second course, “Who really pays for everything – 101,” presented by MrEricksonRules’ University as a public service.

So, who really pays for everything? 

The answer is WE DO.

The 99% of us poor slobs who are just trying to get by and make a living.

We pay for EVERYTHING.

Don’t believe me?

Let’s begin the class and see if I can change your mind.

We’re all aware of these billionaire sports team owners in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Football League (NFL), right?

They have to be really, really rich to pay all of the exorbitant, multi-million dollar, salaries of the players on their teams, right?

Wrong.    

They have to be really, really rich in order to join the club of sports team owners.

We pay for all of the exorbitant, multi-million dollar, salaries of the players on their teams, and here’s how it works.

Let’s take a look at the NFL, specifically, here.  

NFL team owners get approximately 70% of their revenue from television contracts, and the other 30% from ticket sales, concessions, parking, etc.

I think we all realize that when player contracts go up ticket prices and concession prices go up as well.

Hence, the $10 beer and the $6 hotdog!

And if you choose to pay $200, $500, $1,000, or more, for a seat to actually attend a game, God bless you. You’re getting ripped off, but you still only account for a small portion of the 30% of their revenue.

What about the other 70%…, the bulk of their revenue? 

The NFL distributes television revenue to all teams equally, regardless of performance. As of February 2019, each team receives $255 million annually from the league’s television contracts.

The league’s salary cap per team is currently $182.5 million, so, you do the math.

That’s why teams could afford to play the 2020 season without any fans in the stands and still do quite well.

Okay, you say, but the television companies are paying for that.

But where do the television companies get their money from?

The answer is advertisers.

Yes, the people who put those commercials on our TVs that we all love to watch so much.

This year, in 2021, a 30-second commercial for Super Bowl 55 cost about $5.5 million!

How can these companies afford to pay that?!

Well, they don’t.

We do.

Companies like Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, Coke, Pepsi, just bump their prices by a nickel or a dime to cover their costs.

Yes, folks, we are all being “nickel and dimed to death.”

Isn’t it nice of us all to cover the costs of their advertising, which covers the costs of the TV companies, which cover the costs of the billionaire owners?

That’s why we should be upset about these people who play a game for a living, while getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars, while teachers make in a year for what they get paid for one game! 

That’s why we should be upset about these people, who play a game for a living, while getting paid hundreds of millions of dollars, while a doctor would have to work over a hundred years to make what they make in one year! 

So, if you eat, drink, wear clothes, wear shoes, drive a car, buy insurance, or use a cell phone…, you’re paying, whether you like it or not.   

So, who really pays for everything? 

The answer is we do.

Please be on the lookout for my next course, made available to everyone free of charge, from MrEricksonRules’ University.

Hey…, I’m just trying to do my part!

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Nike’s slave labor hypocrisy.

Yes…, Nike and their social justice, mouthpiece, tool, Colin Kaepernick, need to answer for their slave labor hypocrisy.

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Steven W. Mosher for The New York Post writes, “Nike should quit lecturing on social justice — and atone for using slave labor in China.”

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“The Social Justice Warriors who run Nike, for example, pompously inform us that they are fighting ‘against discrimination in communities worldwide.’ Not only that but they are ‘working every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice.’”

Words, words, words.

Again, we see another shining example of liberal hypocrisy, and their “do as I say, not as I do” manifesto.

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Remember…, in the liberal fascist world, it’s more important to say the right things than to do the right things.

Just think about it.

Nike has the nerve to “pompously” lecture to the rest of us about social justice and America’s evil slavery past, while they utilize slave labor to produce their products.

“Really, Nike? Then why do you have your shoes made by an oppressive, morally bankrupt regime? China is the ugly poster child, the living exemplar, for all of the evils that you are so quick to condemn America for.”

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America is a convenient “punching bag” for all of these “holier than thou’ types.

And, Nike can get away with this because the liberal, propagandist, mainstream media, is complicit with their behavior and it is not even reported on.

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Again…, propaganda by omission.

Serious, actual truth seeking, journalists, should be all over a story like this, but instead we find these “journalists” turning their backs on this hypocrisy.

And it’s not just a political, or a social hypocrisy…, it’s an evil genocidal type of hypocritical allowance.

“Right now, at this very moment, the Chinese Communists are eliminating the Uyghurs [/ˈwēˌɡo͝orz/], a [Muslim] Turkish-speaking people who live in China’s Far West, from the face of the earth.”

“They’ve locked up over a million Uyghur men in concentration camps, aborted and sterilized hundreds of thousands of the women, and are busy selling the young — in batches of 100, no less — to Chinese factory owners as slave labor.”

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“Secret drone footage has revealed some of the brutality of this campaign. It shows hundreds of Uyghur men, handcuffed, blindfolded and heads shaved, being herded onto a train bound for a secret camp.”

“But it’s even worse for Nike, the ‘wokest’ of ‘woke’ companies.”

It’s true…, just ask ‘em.

“It turns out that some of these Uyghurs have been slaving away making basketball shoes with the famous swoosh on them.”

“An Australian Strategic Policy Institute report published this March, ‘Uyghurs for sale,’ found Uyghur slave labor working in factories supplying 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing, shoe and automotive sectors, including Apple, GM, Gap — and Nike.”

“Nike contracts with a Qingdao company, for example, that as of January of this year had 600 Uyghurs cobbling together its shoes.”

“Yes, the same company that funds organizations asking for reparations for a practice that ended in the US in 1865 has actually used slave labor in China to make its products — and its profits — for many years.”

Tell me again WHO should be cancelled?!

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“Like Nike, the pro-sports officials, owners and athletes of the NFL and the NBA who are making big money off the China market have also turned a blind eye to the brutal oppression of minorities there, all the while making ‘woke’ noises about how racist America is.”

What we really have here is a bunch of guilty, rich (but stupid) people, who are being manipulated and used by some very smart Marxists.

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“The poster child for all of this anti-American demagoguery is NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2018 signed a multi-million-dollar contract to become a megaphone for Nike products.”

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“I wonder if the same man who kneels to protest America’s slave-owning past might one day stand for the freedom of slaves in China. It would only be fitting. It was Uyghur slaves, after all, who might have stitched his Kaepernick brand of Air Force 1 shoes together.”

Ouch.

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“While we wait for that moment of self-awareness to strike the young [and bogus] progressive [Kaepernick], we at least have the redoubtable Josh Hawley. The Missouri senator this week tweeted Nike and the NBA to ask them to certify that their products are ‘Slave Free.’”

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“Nike has pledged to donate ‘$100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.’”

Ha!

Ya, they couldn’t run to the bank fast enough to through millions of dollars at The Black Lives Matter organization.

This, of course, is money they have as a result of utilizing slave labor in the first place.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

“But I have a better idea, Nike. Why don’t you take the blood money you have earned from employing slave labor in China and open a factory in the US? Choose a site in the inner city, employ minorities, and provide jobs and a way out of poverty.”

“That would go a lot further toward ensuring racial equality and social justice, not to mention hope for the future of America, than anything else you could do.”

Now there’s an excellent idea, Mr. Mosher!

Ya…, why wouldn’t you do that, Nike?

I know!

The answer begins with an “M,” ends with a “Y,” and has “O-N-E” in the middle.

That’s right!

Our old friend “money” is the answer again, just like it always is, everything else, and I mean everything else, be damned.

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The NBA is confused and hypocritical, as usual.

Yes, my friends, the NBA (The “National Bewildered Airheads” league), also sometimes known as the National Basketball Aassociation, is at it, again.

The league, its commissioner, and 99.9% of its players, are now back to displaying their ignorance, stupidity, and greed, on a nightly and daily basis…, led by their own social justice czar, comrade SheBron, er, I mean comrade LeBron James. .

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Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News reports, “CNN, MSNBC avoid explosive NBA story of human rights abuses at its China training academies.”

“CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ignored the subject during interview with the NBA commissioner.”

Just another example of “propaganda by omission.”

“From human rights abuses to the treatment of Hong Kong, the NBA’s stance on China is ‘very disappointing,’ says Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

Not to mention “very disingenuous.”

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“ESPN ran earlier this week an explosive story about human rights abuses that allegedly took place at the NBA’s training academies in China, but viewers of CNN and MSNBC have been kept in the dark about it.’

Yeah, like many other things as well.

ESPN apparently didn’t get the “hands-off China” memo.

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“The bombshell report alleged that the young participants in the NBA program were physically beaten by Chinese instructors and were not provided proper schooling, despite commissioner Adam Silver’s previous commitment that education would be ‘central’ to the program.”

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Oh, “Education” is central to the program alright!

The Communist Party of China is “educating” these kids real good, although their idea of “education” may not be the same as Adam Silver’s, or then again, maybe it is.

Did I mention that Adam Silver hails from Uranus?  The planet Uranus?

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Anyway, “A former league employee compared the atmosphere when he worked in Xinjiang to ‘World War II Germany,’ ESPN reported.”

That would be some kind of comparison to the Nazi fascists, I suppose.

Hey…, that just means this Communist Chinese “education” is quite similar to the “education” our college students receive here in The States!

It’s more of an indoctrination than an education.

“China wasn’t mentioned either in CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer’s lengthy interview with NBA commissioner Silver, which took place nearly two hours after ESPN published its report.”

“Instead, Blitzer spent the roughly 16-minute interview discussing the NBA’s ability to resume its season amid the coronavirus outbreak.”

“CNN is notably a TimeWarner-owned sister network of TNT, which has a major partnership with the NBA.”

And, of course, Blitzer disclosed this partnership, right?

Nope.

“Both liberal networks had also failed to address the reportedly abusive training academies on their websites, as of Thursday night.”

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

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“ESPN’s report detailed how the NBA training academies in China appeared to be largely under the control of the Chinese government.”

Just to let these people know…, EVERYTHING in China falls “largely under the control of the Chinese government.”

Just sayin’.

“Multiple NBA employees filed complaints about how they witnessed Chinese coaches ‘strike teenage players’ and the lack of education provided to the young participants.”

“One former coach told ESPN he watched a Chinese coach ‘fire a ball into a young player’s face at point-blank range and then ‘kick him in the gut.’”

Hmmm…, sounds like the rioters’ treatment of some of our police officers.

So, what’s the problem?

“According to ESPN, NBA officials asked current and former employees not to speak to the sports network about the exposé, with one email from a public relations official reading, ‘Please don’t mention that you have been advised by the NBA not to respond.’”

Such candor…, such transparency, such support of social justice on display here!

Ugh.

‘“You can’t have it both ways,’ one former employee told ESPN. You can’t be over here in February promoting Black History Month and be over in China, where they’re in reeducation camps, and all the people that you’re partnering with are hitting kids.’”

You sure can!

It’s in the Geneva Convention!

It says right in there that the NBA is “allowed to be as stupid and hypocritical as it deems necessary!”

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“Over the past year, the NBA’s intense relationship with China has been scrutinized after the league’s players and coaches have largely refrained from criticizing the country’s human rights violations and expressing support for Hong Kong.”

That’s because IT’S ALLLLLLLLLLLL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!

All the NBA can see is China’s 1.4 billion people shoveling money into the league and its players.

You can overlook an awful lot for billions and billions of dollars.

Just look at our own democrat party if you don’t believe me!

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“Earlier this month, criticism of the NBA’s ties to China was renewed after it was discovered that customers were prohibited from ordering custom gear that read ‘Free Hong Kong’ on its online store.”

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The nerve of these people!

“The store’s operator, Fanatics, suggested the phrase was ‘inadvertently prohibited’ and the ban was lifted. Days later though, the NBA pulled all custom gear from its online store.”

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

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Do they really think people fall for all of these lame excuses?

I guess they do…, they keep coming up with them, over, and over, and over again.

“ESPN’s prominent NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski also raised eyebrows when he sent Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a profane response to the lawmaker’s criticism of the league’s decision of ‘pre-approved, social justice slogans’ while ‘censoring support’ for law enforcement and criticism of the Chinese Communist Party.”

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Not to mention supporting and advertising for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) anti-American, Marxist, organization.

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As I have said before…, saying that “black lives matter,” and supporting the concept that “black lives matter,” is quite different from actually supporting (and giving money to) the organization, or group, Black Lives Matter (BLM).

Adrian Wojnarowski sounds more like an NBA defender, or proponent, here as opposed to a “reporter.”

“Wojnarowski issued an apology and was temporarily suspended by the network.”

Whatever.

Well, you know what our Chinese friends say, don’t you?

“Bèndàn, jìdé tóupiào jǐ mínzhǔdǎng rén!”

This translates to: “Remember to vote for the democrats, you idiots!”

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The NBA (the No Brains Association) just stepped in a huge pile of Chinese crap!

…and then they put their foot in their mouths!!!

Gross!!!

Oh, yes, they, did.

And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of clueless, disingenuous, hypocrites!

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China holds the potential for the NBA to earn billion and billions of dollars in the near future and beyond.

The NBA is HUGE in China…, because the Chinese government allows it to be.

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Remember…, China does not operate quite the same way that America does.

The number of pro basketball (NBA) fans in China is twice the size of the entire U.S. population!

China is the goose that was getting ready to lay an endless supply of golden eggs for the NBA.

Then, last week, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey felt compelled to tweet out, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.”

Saaaaay what?!

OOOOPS!

Upon learning of the tweet, the Chinese government, who is currently at odds with Hong Kong, immediately said it was going to cut ties with the NBA and the Houston Rockets in particular.

How many lives to you guess Twitter has ruined?

Well, you can add at least one more to that list.

But wait…, what happened?

What happened to NBAers snidely shooting their liberal mouths off, while being praised by their contemporaries and the left in general?

Money.

Money is what happened…, and money rules…, end of story.

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If these ultra-rich NBA prima donnas understand anything, it should be that money is the bottom line.

It’s just that some of our NBA friends are just not as smart as some of the others.
Case in point…, the aforementioned Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

The NBA has become pretty political and pretty outspoken the last few years.  We’ve heard from “stars” like LeBron (SheBron) James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Paul shooting their mouths off, as well as coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich.

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They have all denounced President Trump.  SheBron James has actually stooped low enough to call our president a “bum.”

“From gun control to immigration, Kerr and Popovich are typically outspoken about social issues in the United States.  However, when asked about the controversy Monday, Kerr said it was a ‘bizarre international story’ and ‘vowed to read up on it before commenting,’” according to Ben Shapiro for Fox News.

“In 2017, Commissioner Adam [take me to your leader] Silver actually tried to blackmail the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, by pulling the All-Star Game, all in an attempt to restore the so-called ‘bathroom bill’ for transgender people.”

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“Silver told CNN just last year that ‘part of being an NBA player’ is social activism and a ‘sense of an obligation, social responsibility and a desire to speak up directly about issues that are important.’ Silver stated the league wants players to ‘be multi-dimensional people and fully participate as citizens.’”

Well, apparently this “social responsibility” and “speaking up directly about issues that are important” only goes so far.

These ideals are great when attacking conservatives and President Trump, but big “no-nos” when they might cost the NBA any money.

So what did the NBA do?

Morey was forced to delete his tweet and genuflect before the Chinese communist government with an apology.

James Harden, a star on Morey’s team, then tweeted, “We apologize. We love China. We love playing there.”

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Silver and the NBA put out an apology in Chinese saying (as translated), “We are extremely disappointed in the inappropriate comment by the general manager of the Houston Rockets.”

Hmmm.  “Social activism” sure looks different these days!

It looks more like “social butt kissing” to me!

It’s amazing how many human rights violations can be excused for a couple billion dollars.

Way to stand firm on your beliefs NBA!

“President Trump mocked two of his frequent critics, NBA head coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich, because of their responses to the ongoing standoff between the league [the NBA] and China.  Mr. Trump also accused them and the NBA of ‘pandering to China’ after the league scrambled to address the aftermath of a deleted tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that supported the human rights protests in Hong Kong.”

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“After an executive bill signing Wednesday, Mr. Trump responded to a question about China applying pressure to the NBA and went directly after Kerr, the Golden State Warriors coach.  ‘I watch this guy Steve Kerr,’ Mr. Trump said. ‘And he was like a little boy, he was so scared to be even answering the question.  He couldn’t answer the question,’ he added. ‘He was shaking “Oh, I don’t know, I don’t know.” He didn’t know how to answer the question. And yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly.’ He also brought up Popovich’s response, but said ‘he didn’t look quite as scared.’”

“Mr. Trump also took aim at the league at large.  ‘I watch the way that Kerr, Popovich, and some of the others were pandering to China and yet to our own country, they don’t – it’s like they don’t respect it,’ Mr. Trump said.”

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Well said Mr. President…, you’re right on point…, again…, as usual.

WINNING.

 

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