Novak Djokovic withdraws from the US Open. He is unvaccinated against Covid-19 and not allowed to receive a visa and enter the country. He could, possibly, infect anyone who meets his wife there or anyone who is around him.
The US Open is for the sports (badminton, tennis, squash) or the music (pop hits).
The Open is for the sports (badminton, tennis, squash) or the music (pop hits).
You’ll be surprised how small the list is of things that really matter. You shouldn’t even be surprised, but you are. All the rest is a waste of time.
I’m not surprised when a major sporting event has no effect on the economy. You see, the economy is an entirely different animal when the game is on. People don’t watch the NFL. Nobody gets laid in the bars. So it is an economy that relies on things like the NBA, the NHL, and professional wrestling, and other things you may not think about, like a good time and a nice meal.
There is no economic effect of the US Open of tennis.
Nobody needs to watch tennis to eat well. People do it anyway.
Here’s an example. The NBA is the single greatest generator of revenue for businesses because it is broadcast on ESPN. Now, imagine that you could make every corporation that produces a product on ESPN, from Nike to Ford to Burger King, sell their product on ESPN.
That’s what the NBA would look like.
You make NBA players take an off-the-court job. You make them say, “What the hell are you doing?” You make them tell the truth. You make them lose their jobs. You make them retire. You make all the businesses on the entire planet think they have no choice but to sell their product on ESPN. Then you get all the basketball fans who were going to the other events and staying home because there were no basketball games in the TV schedule.
Now, imagine that you could turn the NBA into a thing only a few like you would pay money for. What happens?
You do the above with the NHL. You make the players quit the game and you turn it into a TV event on the days that there is actually hockey. Then there’s no NHL season,