Video Killed the Sports Star? What Pro Sports Can Learn From Action Sports

After attempting to kill any and everything from napkins to wine corks to sex, Millennials—the oft-criticized generation born between the early 1980s to 2000—have their sights set on a new target: sports. Once known for being impervious to the drop in TV ratings, sports have seen a decline in viewership and attendance while the median age of fans continues to rise. Sports media behemoths such as ESPN, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated have all recently dealt with massive layoffs and downsizing due to the changing climate of the market.

According to a Magna Global Study, the median age for NFL and MLB fans are 50 and 57, respectively. And while the action sports crowd has gotten older, their median age is still 47—a decade younger than that of baseball’s crowd. In fact, action sports are the fourth most-watched sport by the prized 18-to-35 demographic.

And the future of sports has never been murkier than it is today, thanks—in part—to those blasted millennials who aren’t watching sports at the same rate as their elders. Millennials might not be the only reason that sports are on the decline, but the Big 4—NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL—can learn a lot from their tendencies, and how action sports cater to the ever-important youths.

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Ice Cube to Produce Film about Dock Ellis: MLB’s Acid Tripping Pitcher

We have written about people doing extraordinary things while tripping on acid and about LSD helping with certain disorders, but frankly, baseball great Dock Ellis takes the cake.

Forty-seven years ago this week, one of the most important moments in baseball history was made when the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher took to the mound and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres—while tripping on acid.

Reporters at the game, who learned of Ellis’s feat 10 years later, said they couldn’t believe it.

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Toke Me Out To The Ball Game: HIGH TIMES’ Guide To Lighting Up at MLB Parks

Baseball is back in full swing for another glorious season here in 2017, and pairs perfectly with pot—the game’s played on grass, is it not? Or how about baseball’s opening month being the same as cannabis’ crowning holiday of April 20? Also, the leisurely pace of the game is ideally suited for the drifting, dreamy effects of good weed. 

With baseball, you can space out between pitches or during a boring interval, not like other high-octane sports demanding your constant attention. And what better substance than cannabis to get out there with the game, just as former major league hurler Bill “Spaceman” Lee used to do.

Of course, using pot doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with the whole family-friendly baseball scene, so discretion is often imperative. It’s not like partying at a concert, where artists often encourage—if not outright demand—their audience light up.

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Major-League Stoners: Why Pro Baseball is Full of Marijuana

The pay is so low it should be illegal. The bus rides are so long, they are illegal. And unlike their well-compensated and chartered-flight-riding counterparts in Major League Baseball, minor league ballplayers can’t even get away with smoking marijuana.

Before a minor-leaguer can earn $12,000 a year for a spring and summer of cramming into buses for 13-hour rides with other hopefuls, their pee is tested. An end to that ignominy is just one of the many, many benefits of promotion to the show.

When you’re on a big-league team’s 40-man roster, you can smoke all you want with no fear of discovery via a drug test—and, according to one former professional baseball player, many, many do.

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