I love football. I live for the anxious waiting of each coming play, for the rush of adrenaline I feel when my Eagles enter the red zone. I am drawn in by their season-long crusade, and eagerly cheer them on through each new battle. They light a fire within me whenever they play. Every Sunday a similar blaze tears across our nation, capturing our national attention as it commands us to watch our gridiron gladiators. We can’t get enough of our football—of our unquestionably, distinctly American sport. The American Pigskin is unrivaled across the globe; no other country has a system as established, storied and respected as our National Football League. As such, no other country grapples with matters of ethics and morality within the practice and consumption of their trademark sport. Football is a beautiful, brutal game, and for every touchdown we cheer for, there are ten bone-shattering hits we jeer for. Our stadiums are built atop the blood, sweat, and tears of hundreds of athletes, all of whom preform a show remarkable in its use of violent force. With each snap of the ball, the linemen facing off add another cut, bruise, and ache to their growing collection. They leave the field with the cuts of the game, and they leave the game burdened by the scars of their career. Life after football is forever altered by their time in the sport, and by the mindset that allows their injuries to happen. Our fascination with football’s brutality has allowed for this culture of violence to fester through every level of the NFL. The system is corrupted by a tolerance for horrific injuries, and still we fans seldom consider the full consequences of our savagery. Football is dangerous g...
The gambling industry is a big money maker in America. Gambling institutions exist in many states. These institutions consist of riverboat casinos, Indian reservation casinos, and regular gaming casinos that all accumulate millions of dollars to the state through taxes. This tax money is then used throughout the state for many programs that may include education, health, and road maintenance. The American Gaming Association (AGA) even claims that gambling institutions lower the taxes in many areas because of the large tax money they give the government (CQ 784). But does the gambling industry only help and build the economy and attract money from the public? Perhaps the gambling industry increases more than just government funds. Is it possible that the gambling also increases crime?
Zirin, Dave. Welcome to the Terrordome: the pain, politics, and promise of sports. Chicago, Ill.: Haymarket Books, 2007. Print.
The NFL (National Football League) is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America and although it has been very successful to this point, in many ways it is the epitome of dysfunction. The league faces a multitude of problems, many of which are very complex. Many argue that since been chosen to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue in 2006 Roger Goodell has worked primarily towards improving the NFL for the sake of the players, coaches, refs, and perhaps most importantly the fans who actually make the organization viable. Sadly, those who hold this idealized view are delusional and should take into account that NFL is an unincorporated nonprofit association and that Goodell’s number-one priority always has to be appeasing the owners who fund each of the 32 teams (bar the Green Bay Packers who own the rare distinction of being the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional team in the entire country). This makes addressing problems very difficult and many have been unsolved ...
There are many reasons why people gamble and what the advantages and disadvantages are of risking your bank account on the roll of the dice or the luck of the draw. I originally set out to try and explain why people gamble, but I realized that gambling is just as much of a business or industry as anything else. I researched Foxwoods casino, in CT, and the business behind that. From there I will attempt to explain the “cause and effect” of gambling. Gambling has made much more sense to me now, and I hope it will do the same for you.
Benedict, Jeff. "The NFL's Willful Ignorance." Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep, 2014, pp. A.21. SIRS Issues Researcher, Accessed 3 May 2018.
One hour away. Sloan, Iowa. Winna Vegas Casino. We like to say it’s a fun way to get away from college life, hang out with friends, and attempt to add a little extra to the pocket books. Many kids attending Buena Vista University have made at least one trip to the Winna Vegas Casino. This casino is 70 miles from Storm Lake and the age requirement to gain admittance is only eighteen. As an alternative to drinking or the bar scene, individuals view gambling as a relaxing and entertaining past time. However, we recently encountered an article by Pathlights entitled “The Case Against Gambling”. Apparently what we thought was a fun night out, is causing otherwise good citizens to perish under the gambling system. Are we looking at gambling the wrong way?
Gregory, Sean. “The Problem With Football. (Cover Story).” Time 175.5 (2010): 36-43. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Nov. 2011.
Shipnuck, Alan. “For the Love of the Game.” Sports Illustrated 103. 19 (2005): 50. Academic Search Complete. Web 13 Nov. 2013.
After a few days of smoke inhalation, large volumes of beverage consumption, and the proverbial and literal beatings you received from slots and poker tables, you begin to rethink your version of paradise. All hope is not lost, though; the NFL playoffs are on and your team is about to start. Hoping to salvage what little dignity and money you have left, you grab your favorite team's jersey and head to the casino's sports book. Back straight, chin up, you make your way to the counter and place a wager: "$300 on the Steelers, please."