Karabell for TIME: Why Do We Cheer for NBA Stars but Not for Bankers?

June 13th, 2011

By Zachary Karabell | @zacharykarabell | June 13, 2011

There was something dramatic and striking about the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals on Sunday. No, it wasn’t the caliber of play – which was high – nor the sight of the vaunted Miami “Dream Team” falling just short of their pre-ordained championship season. Rather, it was the stark contrast of the multimillionaire players of a multi-billion dollar league arousing not the animosity but the passion of millions of fans who are almost certainly not faring as well.