Sports fans can be very passionate. Many strongly identify with their favorite team; they rejoice in its victories, suffer its defeats. What fans seldom get to do, though, is make actual decisions about the team or share directly in its earnings. With ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team likely to change hands soon, author Bob Katz makes a proposal in a May 2014 issue of CityWatch LA.
- Katz assumes that his audience has substantial background knowledge about his topic. What do readers need to know in order to easily grasp Katz’ argument? Was Katz correct to assume such knowledge? Why or why not?
- How does Katz treat opposing views? Point to examples from his essay. Is his handling of opposing viewpoints fair? Is it effective? Why or why not?
- Maya Angelou, in her essay in Chapter 17 of your text, writes passionately and movingly about a boxing match whose symbolic significance resonated well beyond the bounds of the ring. Based on her essay, what might Angelou think about Katz’ proposal? Why do you think so?
- Bob Katz’ proposal may be unusual, but it has a very successful precedent in the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Imagine that a pro sports team in your region (or one that you follow as a fan) converts to public ownership by issuing shares that anyone can purchase. Would you buy one or more shares? Why or why not? What do you think would happen if team ownership worked by such a system? How would it impact the behavior and attitudes of fans, players, coaches, and the general public? What benefits would it bring, and what problems might it cause? Write an essay in which you respond to these questions, using your chosen team as a case study. Be as imaginative as you wish, but keep your scenarios plausible.