FAIR INEQUALITY: THE REAL REASON MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETES PAY DIFFER

“All about the dollar.” the art of the deal As you notice over the years the athletic contracts are getting bigger and bigger. But what you don’t see are too many women getting signed to major deals. And what would be the reason for them not getting the big dollars like their male counterparts? Could it be because they are women, or maybe because of the money? Men sports generate more dollars than that of females. So wouldn’t make moreRead more

WAY TOO TYPICAL: WHY YOUNG BLACK MALES CHASE THE SAME HOOP DREAMS

“One in a 4,000 to 12,000.” going pro “With the number one pick of the ______draft, the _______ select_____________ from the University of_____________________.” These are the words so many collegiate athletes will not hear. And if you read my previous post about hoop dreams you would know this, but this topic is about something else. It’s about something so much more sinister. And the reason I say sinister is because it actually is the degrading of an entire community. WhenRead more

MONEY WOES: WHY ATHLETES MAKE A LOT OF MONEY AND GO BROKE

“Why they lose it all.” new money When you are a young male coming from an impoverished environment or even coming from the middle class, you have all these dreams in regards to money. Buying this lavish home and living a life that you never thought you would be living. but then it happens, and all of a sudden you can afford that house. You can now go out and buy that lavish car and those clothes you looked atRead more

ROLE MODELS: WHY WE PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON ATHLETES

  “Role models, really?” the chosen ones For the longest, athletes have been seen as these role models, especially to a younger generation. But what happens when the onus is on the athlete to raise the children of society. Because that is what being a person who is the athlete has become. It used to be people looked to politicians for the direction of a nation. Now people are looking to their entertainment as a means of productivity and raisingRead more

X PATS: WHY PEOPLE TRULY HATE WINNERS ALL THE TIME

“They win we cheer, they keep winning we hate.” a winning franchise Since the early 2000’s, the New England Patriots have been a powerhouse franchise. Years removed from the franchise that no one really seemed to care about in football. They were like the Golden State Warriors before the Warriors took off. And the reality behind the constant winning is that people feel detached from you after a while. They want to see the Goliath lose eventually so they canRead more

SHOW ME THE MONEY: WILL SPORTS CONTRACTS GET BIGGER IN THE FUTURE

“Give me some money.” the big bucks In my lifetime I have heard of some pretty major contracts to play professional sports. Kobe Bryant signing his $126 million contract, Floyd Mayweather, Tiger Woods, and Formula One driver Michael Shumacher all earning $100 million in a year, David Beckham coming to play soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy for $50 million per year, and who could forget Alex Rodriguez contracts with the Texas Rangers, $252 million and the Yankees, $275 million. ButRead more

HOOP DREAMS: WHY SO MANY NEVER MAKE IT

“You’re just not good enough.” the dream As a young boy growing up, we have all had these visions of ourselves becoming a top athlete in sports. But somewhere in our lives reality sets in and you know that your life is not going to head into the direction of sports. But there are those few that do get the chance to play. Only problem is that these people are very few and far between. And that’s just making itRead more

PAID TO PLAY: SHOULD THE NCAA PAY ATHLETES?

“Are we really compensated?” they play, we watch Throughout my life, I would turn on the television to see these major college sports games being played. You scan the crowd and think to yourself,”I wonder what the revenue stream must be for just one of these games.” And then you think of the entire NCAA, and you are looking at a multi-billion dollar organization in which the field hands are the only ones that don’t get paid. And so manyRead more

AFTER THE LIGHTS: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THEY RETIRE

  “What do they do now?” athletic retirement We watch, they play, we celebrate; but what happens when it all goes away? Eventually, when they put up the cleats and sneakers they will go into retirement. And when that happens what are they to do? Most of them are names of people we will never remember. And their careers on average don’t span the amount of time that the top guys last. They make up the average career which isRead more

THE REAL FUTBOL: WHY HAS SOCCER BECOME NOT SO POPULAR IN AMERICA

“I wish were into it like the rest.” soccer This is a sport where billions of the world’s population can’t wait for the World Cup to take place. An event that is every four years where a country is crowned the winner of this beloved event. But there is a problem when you’re an American with the idea of the World Cup. And that is that America is never the country in the conversation. And for years we have alwaysRead more