Following the childlike tantrums of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and Supervisors, and President Obama against Arizona’s new immigration reform law, rumours are swirling around the upper ecehelons of professional sports, concerning possible plans to boycott Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Arizona Diamondbacks and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. The complexity of possible schedule changes alone would prohibit MLB from canceling or rescheduling any games in the 2010 season until after its midseason All-Star break.
According to the rules of both MLB and the NFL, no one franchise can make such a decision reserved for respective league management. But since both leagues are Congressionally approved monopolies, and many receive massive state subsidies for stadiums and public safety support, political pressure is sure to be a huge part of any decision by commissioners Bud Selig (MLB) and Roger Goodell (NFL).
According to a source close to the matter, Bud Selig rumored to be overheard as saying, “I’ll be damned if our players will have to produce their papers to the home plate umpire at the beginning of every game.” More than the NFL, Major League Baseball is rife with Latin, and Japanese. and Canadian players whose contracts provide the grounds for the league and team’s need to apply for and receive proper Visas for foreign players. Such legalities might require baseball players to carry contracts as well as visas; a matter the the MLB Players Union is willing to go on strike over.
At the end of the day, the only baseball team that should be boycotted is not the Arizona Diamnondbacks, but the 7-12 Pittsburgh Pirates.