Table of Contents

General Sports & Entertainment

1. Making Sports More Interesting

One possible way of making both professional and amateur sports more interesting to follow throughout the season could be to change the way in which teams are composed. In effect, teams would change constantly throughout the season based on which team won who. In essence, every season would begin with each of the smallest political jurisdictions (i.e. cities) composing a team and competing against teams formed by jurisdictions in the same class. The winning team’s coach would then have the privilege of choosing which members of his own team as well as which members of his defeated opponent’s team to choose to play in the next round of competition. Higher level teams cannot choose a player unless they have won the team of which that player is a member. Players chosen by the winning team’s coach would have the option of declining the privilege of joining the new team but not the option of remaining on the team without being specifically picked by the coach. These players would also have the option of moving to another same-level or lower level team if the coaches of those teams approve the change.

After all the city teams play it out and each county has formed one team that is superior to all others in the county, then counties could begin to play it out among themselves with the same rules applying. After all the counties have played it out and each state has composed a superior team, then the states could begin to play it out with each other. After all the states have played it out, the winning team would be the national champions. If the process continues and participation at an international event like the Olympic Games is desired, then either the same members of the championship team could play other countries or the coach of the winning team at the national finals could form a new team composed of the best players from both his team and the team he defeated at the national finals.

Having so many teams from so many different political jurisdictions playing against each other would probably take so much time that one season may not be enough to accommodate all the games necessary to be played to reach the national finals. A solution may be to require two seasons for a team to rise from a city-level team up to a national finalist and champion. The first season (year) can be referred to as a primary season (where cities and counties compete) and the second year can be referred to as a secondary season (where state and national competitions occur).

To make it more exciting while at the same time increasing the capacity of people to directly participate in professional sports, primary and secondary seasons can completely overlap each other and be played in the same year but on two separate and parallel tracks. While the cities and counties are playing against each other, the states and nations are also playing against each other during the same season.

At the close of each year’s season, primary season players graduate into secondary season players for the next year, if these players are chosen by the winning team’s coach. If players are not chosen onto a higher level, they could stay on their current team or move around to other equivalent or lower teams (for example, a county team member could move to another county or down to a city team) if chosen by the respective coaches. Secondary season players who graduate from competition in the national championship must go down a minimum of two levels (to the county level teams) and play on teams whose coaches have asked them to join. The rest of the secondary level players, those who did not make it to the championship finals, could remain on those teams if their respective coaches ask them to remain.

This system would allow many more people to participate in professional sports. It would also act to depress the wages of professional players because they would be moving around from small town teams to major teams and back again to small town teams every two years.


2. Sport Player Exemptions from Embargoes

International embargoes should not prevent, inhibit, or negatively affect the playing of professional sports or the travel of professional sports players and teams into or out of embargoed countries.


3. Specialty Parks

The government should take it upon itself to build specialty parks (skateboarding parks, rollerblading parks, model rocket parks, remote/radio control airplane parks, model car racing parks, etc.) on public lands to satisfy the desires of people to do such things and even to increase the capacity of the local recreational infrastructures to allow and encourage more people to take up such fun hobbies.

Several of these places could serve dual purposes so that multiple activities could be accommodated at the same time, such as skateboarding and rollerblading. Other activities could be accommodated in the same space but at different times. For example, remote controlled airplanes could be flown every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while model rockets could be flown every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Some parks could also be placed in small nooks and crannies even around very built up landscapes. For example, skate parks with ramps and all relevant equipment could be placed at the bottom of concrete lined storm drain channels. Dry storm drains and other river beds could be used for many other recreational purposes, like playgrounds, bicycle and pedestrian paths, tennis, basketball, and other sport courts, off-road vehicles, farmer’s markets and other business or social events, and many other purposes. Of course, during times when rain is threatened, or whenever the storm drain is expected to significantly increase its flow, such parks would be closed and the ramps and other equipment would be permanently hooked up to cables connected to some kinds of winch lifting system so that the equipment is lifted and suspended clear above the channel until the threat of rain or channel flooding has passed.

The government should bear no liability for injuries due to the use or misuse of such equipment unless those injuries were due to construction failures.

Shooting ranges could also be a type of specialty park that can be located within highly developed areas by locating them within storm channels. There are already practically two bullet proof side walls that exist, it would only be a matter of enclosing both remaining ends and the top. The top could be a permanent roof structure that would not ever need to be moved. The two ends of the enclosed room could be built of bullet proof walls that could be raised when ever needed so the flood control channel can serve its purpose. Schedules could be enforced by personnel that after every 45 minutes of shooting, 15 minutes would be reserved to place, checkup, and remove targets and debris.

Race tracks and off-road courses for full sized automobiles should also be placed throughout urban and suburban areas. Long straight race tracks and drag strips could possibly be made within storm drain channels, while shorter ones could probably be scheduled for use on local airport runways during one or two days a week or during predictable slow air traffic periods such as midnight to 6 AM.

Certain segments of beach shorelines should also be reserved for wave surfing.

Fees could be charged for the use of such park facilities so that, ideally, all the money spent on construction and maintenance could be recovered from the users. Several such parks may need to have personnel there to supervise the activities (especially the shooting ranges). Video cameras could be installed to monitor and record all activities so that any illegal activities (especially vandalism) would be recorded and the perpetrators caught and made to pay.


4. Venue Pricing and Seating Policies

Venue facilities and performers should agree to a set of seating arrangements for the performance as well as the rules governing the setting of seat prices for each seat within the venue. They should also agree to policies governing the pricing and reservation of seats for either special guests or for ticket sales at a future date. All information concerning seating arrangements and the pricing for each seat as well as reserved sections in the venue should be made available to the public prior to selling the first tickets for the event.

Ticket prices could be set according to how both the venue managers and performers agree, including having ticket prices float on the market, determined by supply and demand, with no upper limit on price. Tickets would only be originally sold by approved ticket sellers. After people buy tickets from approved ticket sellers, they could sell them again to anybody only for up to the amount they paid for it. Or they could sell the tickets back to an approved ticket seller for up to 10% more than what they paid for it. Approved ticket sellers would then be allowed to sell these tickets at market rates or according to whatever pricing structure had been agreed to by both the venue managers and performers. It should be illegal to buy tickets for the purpose of selling them later.


5. First Place Winners

First place winners generally get too big of a prize in lotteries and most other types of competition, especially in comparison with what second, third and other successively placed winners receive. The mere fact of placing first should be a far more significant part of the prize. Prizes and financial rewards for first placed winners could still be the most valuable, however second placed winners should generally receive between 50-90% of the value of the first placed prize. Third placed winners could generally receive between 25-50% of first placed winnings. All these numbers would depend heavily on the size of the total prize giveaway and the number of people participating in the event. The larger that either number is, the more equivalent the winning prizes should be. In groups where 20 or more people compete against each other, second place winners are just about as good as first place winners and third placed winners deserve far more attention and/or prizes than they are getting now, especially when it comes to lottery winnings.


6. Encouraging Competition

Educational institutions, hobbyists and perhaps some government agencies should help encourage and organize competitions in every field of science (especially material sciences and engineering). The purpose of such competitions would be to help create a greater public interest in finding new and perhaps better ways to design things. For example, these competitions could have rules that artificially limit one or more variables while requiring the same task to be accomplished by working with the other variables. For example, instead of trying to build the fastest remote controlled airplane or the highest flying remote controlled airplane, it would be more exciting to build the fastest airplane with a length of 10 feet or the highest flying airplane with a wingspan of 15 feet. Radio controlled planes made from ice (flown in freezing temperatures, of course) or concrete would be another interesting possibility.


7. Jumping Sport

There should be a new sport whose goal is to jump the highest from a standstill. The winner would be the person who is able to successfully jump onto the highest platform. Maybe the participants could hold 10 or 20 pound weights in each hand and use them for leverage in jumping to greater heights.