Sports is for entertainment. Although I am an ex-athlete… and many of my college and pro athlete friends would say that it is more of an occupation…. It is still primarily for entertainment…. I have started to transition from the player’s mentality into the spectators’ mentality. And now as a spectator, I must say that sports could be a lot more entertaining. I am not saying that what we have now isn’t entertaining, but it isn’t worth the money the people of this country are spending on it.
I chose to play football because it was the one sport where a group of individuals no matter how individually talented they are will not succeed just based on that individual talent. It takes the full team to achieve their goals. It is for this reason that I believe the NFL is dominating other sports in the means of popularity. Big money players, although can be very effective and helpful, cannot solely win championships. In individually driven team sports like basketball and baseball, money has been proven to buy championships! Spend incredible money on one or two players and you can win. If you don’t agree with me, that is fine! In my mind, I am just reflecting my personal honesty which this country has given me the beautiful right to do so.
With these individually driven sports, I feel like money is screwing passionate city fans out of hope from ever having successful dynasties. The team that doesn't have the payroll to buy the superstar can't win. But fans still hope. And that simple hope of having a successful team gets millions of dedicated fans to continuously show up to games of terrible teams! I get it, football isn’t completely innocent, but I mean, come on now! You can’t disagree with me when you see NBA teams like the Hornets, in a tunnel with zero lights at the end of it!
All I am saying is that we, as the American people, are paying for the entertainment! I wish the basketball or baseball seasons were entertaining enough for me to want to watch every game not knowing who was going to end up in the Finals or World Series. Just once seeing a team like the Jazz shock the world by having a chance to beat Golden State or the Cleveland Cavaliers. How much more interesting would the Playoffs have been if it wasn't 2 teams beating everyone else by 20 or more points. I'm just saying this year was incredibly hard to watch!
Okay, look, I get it... I understand. In fact, I am a Laker fan!!! Money won our Lakers team many titles!! You think I am just gonna sit here and act like that didn’t happen? I just have started thinking about the real fans of this nation. The fans who have spent billions to watch teams that are, for lack of a better term, “Hard to Freaking Watch." Those people deserve just as much happiness, or at least the chance of obtaining the same happiness as fans of the Lakers, Warriors, Celtics.... Hell, especially Lebron and his Cavaliers. Check out the information at this link to see what teams are paying for their players. NBA 2017 CAP Tracker You will definitely see the teams that are shelling out the bigger bucks are the ones ending up on top.
How freaking awesome would it be if every NBA team had a real superstar or even a true chance at a title?! How incredible would it be if you had no idea who was going to take the title? I bet you the ticket sales, the excitement, and unpredictability would increase dramatically. I would possibly watch the NBA for the entire season..... who knows..... probably not....... Yeah, I’m too busy living my life.
Either way, remember, the definition of moderation is to avoid excesses and extremes. Well, I think that definitely applies in sports too. But before we use competition to bounce us into a world of moderation. We need to make sure the foundation of the competition is sacred and fair. With a foundation comprised of greed instead of fairness, sports can be continuously tainted by unbalanced leagues. It's too bad no one cares to ask the people their opinions of fairness among the competition.
Why can't we figure out a way to give everyone a chance to compete fairly instead of ruling it as an impossibility? Oh Boy, wouldn't the world be so much better if we didn't run from these questions? I believe it would be if that goes for anything.