Greed and the Death of Professional Sports
"Show me the money," screamed Rod. "C'mon Jerry, show me the
money!" We vividly remember this famous line from the hit movie, Jerry
Maguire. The greedy football player, Rod Tidwell, screams these
unforgettable lines trying to convince his agent that he will not settle
for any less than a top dollar salary as the flashy Arizona Cardinal wide
receiver. This scene exemplifies what has happened to professional sports
in recent years. The focus of professional sports has evolved from one of
teamwork and camaraderie to one of avarice and greed. The specific
problems in recent years that have stemmed off this overwhelming greed
include exorbitant salaries, lockouts (or work stoppages) in professional
sports, and the growing disparity among team payrolls.
Most recognize these issues as major problems; however, others
overlook the greed and see validity in the financial aspect of today's
sports world. They argue that professional sports are thriving and should
not be modified. They also contend that sometimes lockouts are unavoidable
and are often the only way to work out problems. The opposition reasons
that professional teams with huge payrolls deserve all the money because
they worked hard to get where they are. They argue that most players work
hard to become great athletes and therefore they deserve enormous salaries.
They also plead that lockouts are healthy for professional sports because
they help each sport continually evolve and adapt to new problems it faces.
While the opposition does not notice the gr...
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