I don’t think sports is important in general or that it says much about “our times” or anything like that. But it does indeed say a lot about our times that a egomaniacal felon owner is getting into the baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot while labor leader Marvin Miller may never get in.
Our society loves rich people, for all the occasional carping about bankers. Professional athletes are greedy for wanting their share of the revenues from the entertainment they provide, while the owners are great civic leaders. It’s the same with everything else, whether it’s the Koch brothers versus environmentalists, or some other captain of industry versus unions.
I don’t know how it got to be this way, but it is this way. And when people wonder why Democrats can’t pass more progressive legislation, this has to be counted as one of the reasons.