Sports have a way of capturing those who love sports and throwing them into a heated debate with whomever about whatever. Whether you are a die-hard hockey fan who can't stand having another NHL season possibly cancelled (myself), or a city hall beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Don Walker), every fan likes to give their opinion.
Walker's blog, The Business of Sports, is not like a blog that most sports fans would expect to see. Instead of having content, such as the scores from the Brewers final game of the regular season, or a preview of the NL wild card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves (couldn't pass it up), Walker instead focuses on exactly what the title of his blog says, the business of sports.
I would think that in this day of age, sports business is an aspect of sports that is very overlooked, but very essential in understanding the entirety of sports. While we the fans look at these stars as making millions upon millions of dollars for playing a game, we don;t think twice about where the money is coming form and how that money is spread out throughout the organization and the league in general.
In his blog, Walker talks about various aspects of sports business. From Aaron Rodgers doing another State Farm commercial to Miller Park not hitting 3 million fans this season, Walker pretty much hits it all. But, I still feel like there was one major issue that could end up being a decently sized project for Walker, but could yield some great stories.
As a fan, I don't look far into how the money a team makes is overall shared between the league and the other owners. If Walker could do a series of looking into not only what each respective league makes, but what the revenue sharing system is between the owners of the league, it could give some great insight as to why nearly all of the major league sports have had lockouts to try to even out the different between the players and the owners. Having a series that would explain that to sports fans could be extremely helpful for fans who cannot understand the business aspects of sports.
Walker does a great job with his blog. While his posts may not be novels, they still report the information that he found and tells a story with that information. He covers a side of sports that not many people look for, but is still integral in understanding the sporting world in general. I highly recommend reading Walker's blog if you