“Money wins.” Those were the words of the often very funny, but occasionally sanctimonious Wall Street Journal sports columnist, Jason Gay. Gay was commenting on the announced merger of the PGA Tour with the upstart LIV, and in his defense, his lament about “money” was uniform among sportswriters. They get things backwards.
To see why, think professional football. Thank goodness it’s all about the money. Since it is, it’s no longer legal in the sport for individuals to blindside receivers coming across the middle. Leg whips and horse collars are banned too. Quarterbacks, generally the most valuable players on any football field, are coddled the most via rules and highly-paid protectors of their blind sides. Why? Because they’re the highest paid players on the field.