A Confederacy of Fools

When it comes to greed and stupidity, professional-sports owners and pampered players are All-Stars

The time has come for a little historical perspective. Labor unrest has been as American as apple pie, hot dogs and home runs since 1636. In that benighted year, well before any of the aforementioned institutions -- including the very nation itself -- had been invented, the gentlemen who owned the fishing boats on Richmond Island, off the coast of Maine, imposed the first known salary cap. In their wisdom, they withheld all the wages of their crews for an entire year, a hardball move if ever there was one. Not surprisingly, the fishermen went on strike. Since then there have...

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