Lol @ the Detroit part. That didn't make any sense on the city's part.
I agree with what you're saying, especially about our culture putting sports above everything else. This may sound daft, but I willing to bet that NBA fans were probably still in shock from the Kevin Durant deal that they're oblivious to what's happened the past few days, even the past few weeks (shootings, political news, terrorist attacks and whatnot), because they wanted to know where he would go. I'll freely admit that I drift away from reality when some major sports discussion/event is about to occur, same thing happens with me and video games.. but I won't go into that right now. Sports, even culture as a whole, has our society snared by the balls that we're willing to dump limitless funds to keep/improve something that's not benefiting anybody outside of entertainment purposes.
As for stadiums, there's been this discussion about building a new stadium here in Seattle for years in hopes of a return of an NBA team or even the introduction of an NHL team. At first, a few years back, I was all for it because other than the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle has been deprived of basketball ever since the relocation of the Sonics to Oklahoma City*... but looking at it now, it would be a very expensive project on top of the other projects currently in construction or on the planning board for the city, including a tunnel project that's been postponed due to a breakdown
. Even with our economy (Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, to name a few), a modern stadium could be detrimental to the city with their costs being in the hundreds of millions. That part about Cincinnati getting rid of a hospital and 1700 jobs is pretty disgusting also.. that doesn't help anybody, and the city shouldn't suffer because their team sucks at generating revenue and/or just sucks in general.
*A point I like to add, one of the main reasons the Sonics were relocated was because the city didn't build a new stadium to replace Key Arena.
On the subject of the athletes themselves, with the current max contract situation we're witnessing in the NBA (lol, Conley's 5-year $155 million) alongside the discussion of stadium development, it's time to examine where money should be going; truth be told, this whole situation with salaries have been something of a discussion since the Jordan era, maybe even before that. On top of their rather ludicrous salaries, superstars in these sports are getting major endorsements from their sponsors, be it Nike, Adidas, Samsung, or any other major company out there. Nobody that plays a sport for a living needs this amount of money, but I can't be one to judge how much they deserve because it's weird calculating worth in sports nowadays. I don't know the numbers for international stars like Messi, Neymar, or Ronaldo, but I can imagine that given their fame in their respective nations, they must have huge salaries for what they do.
Edit: Funny, yet sad, how I can talk about sports like this instead of real-world problems like the ones in D&D.. I think I just reinforced your point.