POP GOES THE SPORTS BUBBLE? The Houston Comets have been liquidated by the league. Commentary at The Sports Economist. That may be professional basketball with female players, a tough sell in any season, but particularly in summer. But how explain Alabama football, where some students supplement their financial aid by selling their tickets, prompting University Diaries to quip,
Maybe this is happening because the school’s started to be more selective in its admissions, and it’s now saddled with serious students for whom there’s not a strict equivalence between going to class and going to a football game.
That's a testable hypothesis. If, however, families that would participate in the positional arms race are tempering their ambitions for their children with practicality, 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished, as Milt Rosenberg likes to say.

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