RON HART: Signs of a crumbling empire

Published: Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

The NBA and NFL players who are the ringleaders in this “circus” show moral deterioration. Even Miami’s great quarterback, Dan Marino, fathered a kid out of wedlock. If San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s lawyers represented Marino, they would sue the Dolphins for never giving him protection.

There are some good signs. A company that manages for-profit prisons is paying for Florida Atlantic University’s football stadium. This will allow wayward players to see a glimpse of their future and have first downs measured by actual chain gangs. The bid by Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation to sponsor a Kansas City stadium was rejected. Questions arose when the venue suddenly grew from 38,000 seats to 80,000 and neither Lance nor A-Rod could explain why.

I don’t have time to get into the “circus” that is reality TV: Snooki, the Kardashians, and the "news" outlets covering all these titillating trials — instead of the news.

Ron Hart is a syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator. Email or visit




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