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Friday, September 05, 2008

Are the Yankees bad for the environment?

ESPN had an interesting article today about how high gas prices are affecting sports. Everyone from kids' soccer teams to pro football players are feeling it. The bad economy is making itself felt in the sports world. The only ones happy are the marlin. No, not the Marlins. The fish. People can't afford to charter fishing boats any more, which is good news for fish.

It reminded me of this article, from last year. It's about which sports are worst for the environment.

When people think about energy used and carbon dioxide emitted for spectator sports, they tend to think of the stadium lights, or the Jumbotron, or maybe the planes flying teams across the country. But the real problem is the fans, who drive from miles away to attend the game. That makes baseball one of the worst sports for the environment.

Baseball? Why baseball? Simply because there are so many games. Football games may be big spectacles, but each stadium hosts just eight games a year. In comparison, a MLB stadium hosts over 80 games. Even though all the games may not be sold out, that's heck of a lot more driving.

Of course, with the Yankees, many fans use public transportation to attend their games. And not just the fans. Some of the players do, too.

posted by BubbaFan, 6:58 PM


I was at that game when Bubba hit the home run. After the game, we waited outside the player's entrance/parking lot to see him. Once it was obvious pretty much all the players had left, someone asked a security guard if Bubba was still inside. He said, "No, he takes the 4. He went out the other entrance." Yeah, the 4 is what we would have been taking if we weren't standing there for apparently no reason. :-)

Sigh...I still miss Bubba.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, September 05, 2008 10:42 PM  
LOL. Funny story. Thanks for sharing it.

Sure would have been cool to talk to him after that game!

And yeah, I still miss Bubba, too.
commented by Blogger BubbaFan, September 05, 2008 11:24 PM  
Major League Soccer is doing its part to not be wasteful. I've been to at least two games at rickety old RFK Stadium this year where the lights went out in the middle of a game.

The same thing happened in Havana last night for the USA-Cuba World Cup Qualifying match.
commented by Anonymous Brendanukkah, September 07, 2008 12:38 PM  
A couple of years ago, Brazil suffered power outages when everyone turned on their TVs at the same time to watch World Cup soccer.

And in Bangaladesh, fans got so upset at rolling blackouts during World Cup that they stormed the power company and trashed the place.

In Argentina, there were plans to switch soccer games from night to daytime, so the lights wouldn't be needed.
commented by Blogger BubbaFan, September 07, 2008 1:06 PM  

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