Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
I agree that the inequality is a union issue. However, Carson isn't playing for the fans. He's playing for himself and his team. He doesn't owe the fans anything. While the fans are responsible for paychecks, nonetheless we should not be so entitled to think the players owe us. We buy tickets and watch because we enjoy it and because we want to... not because they owe us anything.
In any business that has customers, the workers have a customer service responsibility and an ethical responsibility to do their job to the best of their ability for the benefit of the customers to make them want to buy the product. No customers, no business. A business that doesn't recognize this is doomed. I would submit that there is evidence that some leaders in professional sports think like you do, that they ARE the business. They always find out that no one is bigger than the business.
Furthermore, the fans are in no way responsible for paychecks, the owners are. The owner has to pay contracts whether a fan shows up or not. If anyone has no responsibility in this business, it is the fan. They are the true free agents, who have no dependency on anyone and can buy or not buy tickets and merchandise, but have no moral or ethical responsibility to do so.