A lot of it has to do with money, but what turns me off is the information overload. This goes for all sports, NHL, MLB, NFL, as well. I don't care about what these guys are doing off the field (drugs, hookers, etc). I just want to enjoy the game. But the networks try to force it down your throat. "If you don't know every detail about everything, you are not a true supporter," is the message. That's nonsense. I find it impossible to follow all the transfer rumours, and injury reports, arrest records, who's dating who, so I don't. I don't read the papers anymore, because it is all made up anyway, and I don't watch sportscenter.
I have been much happier since I let all of that outside nonsense go, and just watch the games for what they are, a game. Still sucks I can't go to as many games as I'd like because I don't have the money, but it is what it is. I would love to fight the networks and bring things back to their essence, but I know that is not going to happen, their is way too much money and everyone has an agenda and everything has been exploited and there is no going back. So I go to the pub on the weekend or watch the game on TV, cheer my heart out for the Reds, have a few beers and a few laughs. Call me apathetic, but I can't be pissed about things like this anymore, life is too short.