be true to your school?
I was thinking about the loss of my home state’s only major league sports team, the Whalers, and it occurred to me how odd it is when people talk about a team’s fanbase or hometown “not supporting the team”. Whenever a team is threatening to move or looking for a new stadium (funded by taxpayer money, natch), they talk about the need for the people of the area to “support the team,” and act as though the residents of the team’s market are somehow failing in their duty if they don’t buy enough tickets or merchandise, or keep ratings for the team’s games high enough. Professional sports teams sell a product, or really a collection of products. If the consumers in the team’s area don’t find the product compelling enough, if they don’t want to buy tickets or hats or jerseys or whatever, it’s because the team failed to put together a compelling enough product to make it worth it to the consumer, then it’s the team that failed. It’s nobody’s duty to buy a commodity, and it’s only an artifact of the weird collegiate vibes we continue to associate with sports that says otherwise. If you want your team supported, do the work necessary to make it worthwhile for the fanbase to support them. Otherwise shut up.