Bread and Circuses – Lebron James and the things Americans love

I saw on MSNBC this morning that the largest market for Nike was…China. Not New York or the whole of the USA…, but China. Not only that, but our exports are dwarfed by lots of countries, such as German. Unemployment benefits have lapsed and now neighbors are going to go without. The recession isn’t over with yet. Soldiers are still in Iraq, and believer it or not, Afghanistan. And the other day, someone was sleeping on the park bench near my house.

But, everyone is fixated on LeBron James and what team he will land on.

The offers are outstanding. And for what? To play basketball. A game. A game that people play every day on the street or the ally ways. He gets paid to play a game. Somewhere near $125 million dollars to play a game.

The things I could do with $125 million dollars…

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

8 thoughts on “Bread and Circuses – Lebron James and the things Americans love

  1. You thought New York (pop: 19.5 million) would buy more shoes than China (pop 1.3 billion)?

    Also, our exports are not dwarfed by countries such as German (or even Germany). In 2009 U.S. exports totaled $1.057 trillion. German exports totaled $1.121 trillion. A difference of only 5.7%.

  2. That's the way things are here in good ole america, so much is going on, in the world ,but americans worry about trivial things, like football, baseball, and the rights of gays.. you would think that the oil and storms of destruction are just nothing to worry about… sad…..

  3. Oh, yeah, we don't have jobs, and we make nothing for ourselves, we own no companies, if we did not export, walmart would be empty…

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