Big money, fame, power, and notoriety.
Being notorious is what weighs heavy on all the minds of each Commish of the Big 3 sports at the moment. But it’s more in the vein of O.J. notoriety. And who wants that in your league?
In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the sad horizon view of each Commissioner:
MLB Baseball – Bud Selig – Performance enhancing drugs have run rampant in this sport. Selig has been weathering this hurricane for years now. Now the modern day face of steroids, Barry Bonds (allegedly), is a few homers short of breaking what many believe to be the most hallowed baseball record there is. The career homerun record. Selig has had a tough time deciding if he even wants, or should attend Bonds’ games in anticipation of the breaking of the record. That’s a photo op he doesn’t want.
NFL Football – Roger Goodell – This dude rode onto town wearing a white hat and went about cleaning house and busting caps into anyone conducting themselves in a way that gets them on the wrong side of the law. Then Michael Vick is revealed as an alleged dog killer on a worse and more horrific scale than Clark Griswold. Jeffrey Dahmer thinks Vick is way out of line. I think Vick should have to serve his time in this Phillipines prison. His name is Michael. Maybe he can tryout for the lead role.
NBA Basketball – David Stern – This is the man that took a drug addled sports league, converted it’s image, and made it into an international powerhouse brand. It’s the storyline that you should be viewing on the big screen with $20 worth of popcorn and soda in your lap. Instead sports news outlets everywhere are discussing the possibility of the NBA having at least one referee affecting the outcome of past games. And the mob’s Gambino family may be involved.
Be careful what you wish for. It can be very lonely at the top. No one knows that better than the writers here at The Sports Frappe.