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A Matter of Dollars and Nonsense
Rick Reilly
November 20, 1995
Here's what would happen if other businesses bought into pro sports' brand of economics
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November 20, 1995

A Matter Of Dollars And Nonsense

Here's what would happen if other businesses bought into pro sports' brand of economics

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I walked into my favorite falafel joint the other day, The Pita Palace, and took my normal table in the corner.

"The usual, Achmed," I said.

"Yes, yes, very good," said Achmed, scribbling. "Please, your total is $56.03."

This was a shock.

"No, Achmed. You mean $6.03."

"My kind friend, you are forgetting about the $50 seat license fee."

"Seat license fee?"

"Oh, loyal sir, it is the latest thing I learn from your American football teams. It is a fee you must first pay me in order to enjoy the privilege of paying me even more later."

"It is?"

"Oh, yes, yes. In Baltimore, the newest site of an American football team, people will pay great sums just for the honor of paying even greater sums later for a season ticket. And when they returned to Oakland this year, your Raiders asked up to $4,000 just for the privilege of buying season tickets. I am so pleased at being so current on American business practices."

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