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BBG Communications: CRITIQUE ON PROFESSIONAL ATHLETICISM

The egoists ask why we bother with questions that do not concern our own interests.  Indeed, questions regarding the salaries of professional athletes do not seem to concern anyone but the athletes.  However, as humans, we reserve the right to pass judgment and speak out for our beliefs.  Professional athletes’ high salaries are not the result of the universal recognition of talent, but the ambitions of squabbling team owners.  Professional athleticism’s perpetual struggle for more wealth demonstrates the lack of morale within the profession.  Furthermore, the players who are reaping in the benefits of inflated salaries serve as false idols to a multitude of generations.

In the olden days of professional sports, athletes remained loyal to one team and earned as much as public service employees.  All that changed when radios and televisions became household items and sports programming offered escapism from the otherwise mundane world.  Knowing team owners wanted only the best; athletes started putting themselves up for the highest bidder.  The fight for the top players naturally escalated the price for professional athletes, thus driving up the price for the best as well as the rest.  Of course professional athletes are immensely talented, but the price for their talent has been rather inflated.

The morality of a situation depends on whether it produces the greatest happiness in the greatest number of people.  Paying athletes millions of dollars augments their happiness but one wonders whether that money could produce even more happiness and well-being if it was used to aid the starving children of the world, or the survivors of natural disasters, or the orphans of uncertain futures.  These problems do not seem real because they are far away, but there are problems closer to home as well.  Could the money not be used to address homelessness and promote environmental awareness?  The happiness of so many could be achieved with just a tiny percentage of professional athletes’ salaries.

Professional athleticism is the very embodiment of the American dream; those of ordinary descent and ordinary circumstances can become extraordinary overnight.  The dream of being a professional athlete is an enticing one; they are adored by fans and rival world leaders in fame.  However, the American dream is an ideal, and ideals are often unattainable.  Just because Allen Iverson and Venus Williams can bankroll tens of millions of dollars a year does not mean everyone can.  Athletes’ eight or even nine digit salaries are setting impossible standards for all the generations to come.

Whether it is the gladiators of ancient Rome, or the Raptors of Toronto, men who provide sport and spectacle have always been the objects of envy and controversy.  While the gladiators fought to preserve their lives, the Raptors play to gain personal riches.  The millions of dollars spent on athletes could be doing greater deeds that benefit a greater number of people instead of a few select individuals.  The dream of becoming a professional athlete motivates many, but few can attest to success.  Not only are the athletes unnecessarily overpaid, but by being so they are harming more than they are benefiting.  Now the question stands, who will do something about it?  After all, you care, but you don’t really care.



 

 

Published Apr 28 2009, 02:18 PM by abadicio90
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