The odd thing is that I wouldn't give up a year of life for just $100, despite apparently considering them equal tender when it comes to pro sporting championships. Despite this, I don't think giving up that last year of my life is really such a big deal. After all, you're giving up what is likely to be in the top five worst years of your life in exchange for at least three months' worth of bragging rights. It seems like a fair trade for me. Giving up a year of misery for three months of elation? No question.
Actually, if I were a fan of a team like the New England Patriots or Dallas Cowboys or even cared enough about baseball for the Braves to be my team, this would be a moot point. I wouldn't need to spend anything to see a championship. I'm OK with my team not winning every year or even most years, so I can see them lose a few times without being crushed. My favorite pro team, however, is the Atlanta Falcons. They've never won a championship and aren't looking to do so any time soon. I think I'd actually have to give up a year of my life for those losers to put together a Super Bowl season.
Here are a few of the other questions from the survey, my answers and analysis:
"1) What is the least amount of money it would take for you to let your favorite team move?" Answers ranged from $200 to $1 million and no price. I chose $1 million, although honestly, this is a matter of gray areas. Do I actually have any real power here? If yes, then I'm milking it for all its worth. I'd like to be able to quit working off of this transaction. If they're just being nice, I'd really settle for much less in consolation prizes for my loss.
"5) Your local government agrees to build a new sports complex to keep your favorite team in town. But spending on roads and education will be cut. Are you OK with this?" Of course I'm not OK with this. I already find it offensive that cities already more or less subsidize professional sports. I really think those roads and schools have more to do with the success (or lack thereof) of your city than the quality of your professional sports industry. I may just be a bit idealistic and naive, but how is it that I'm in the minority here?
"8) If money/career wasn't an issue, would you move with your favorite team?" Even ignoring the fact that they also left out family considerations (the reason that I'm still living on the East Coast), this is a ridiculous question. What if my team moved to the Rust Belt or to some state where the legal limit on alcohol content in beer makes most of my favorite tipples illegal? What if they moved somewhere the average summer temperature is more than 85 degrees? I may be willing to give up a year of my life for a chance to get my favorite team a championship, but I'm not willing to follow them anywhere I don't already want to go. The Falcons are moving to Portland, OR? I'm there. They're moving to Birmingham, AL, or Los Angeles? Forget it. I'll just pick a new team.