By leaving Miami to go back home to Cleveland, LeBron, who is worth far more to the N.B.A. than any owner, has taken back a fraction of the power he and other players have earned and continued the trend that he, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade started whereby players, still working within a restrictive and draconian labor system, can scratch out a small measure of autonomy. In professional sports, the players are the business. The league is stronger when it remembers that.
Sport is becoming more physical, more tactical, and therefore less spectacular, because teams are afraid of losing. It’s a shame. People who go to the stadiums go to see a spectacle. We’re professionals, and we’re doing a job. But football has to be a spectacle.
Marco Verratti, Paris Saint-Germain (via indizombie)