On the Other
Here's a few more things wrong with sports to add to Rick Reilly's article (The Flip Side of What's Right about Sports, Aug. 10): artificial turf; owners threatening to move teams, blackmailing the taxpayers into paying for their new stadiums and then rewarding the fans by gouging them by forcing them to pay for personal-seat licenses; Al Davis.
TOM CAMMALLERI, Newbury Park, Calif.
Hometown officiating, ties in any sport, fan interference in baseball.
TODD BETZAG, Brooklyn
The changing of ballpark and stadium names to those of the corporate sponsors/owners or the teams that play in them. The ballpark in which the Cincinnati Reds play, for example, will forever be Riverfront Stadium to me.
ERIC STRAWSER, Fort Myers, Fla.
Commercial breaks so long that you miss the first pitch, play or serve.
JEFF ORNDORFF, Eldersburg, Md.
Free agents who always sign with the highest bidder and then try to convince us that it "wasn't about the money."
DARREN WALKER, Winnipeg
Rookie holdouts and exhibition games in which teams charge fans full price for only a shadow of a game.
NATHAN BIERMA, Grand Rapids, Mich.
JOE GRIPPO, Westbury, N.Y.
May God and all other sports fans forgive Reilly and the SI editors for their grave error. They mistakenly put the return of the Dawg Pound on the what's-wrong-with-sports list instead of the one that's titled What's Right about Sports.
DAVID L. CUMMINGS, Toronto