Here I shall persuade you that sport is an important part of life and one that would severely damage our country if it were removed.I explain how competition is important because of the many functions it serves within our country and our community.While Great Britain has both top and secondary-level football (soccer) teams, as is the case in American baseball, in the high-revenue American sports of football and basketball, there are overtly professional teams as well as ostensibly amateur college teams comprising so-called “student athletes.” Yet this model is undergoing a good deal of strain: In a competitive labor market, workers usually earn on average roughly what they add to their firm’s revenues.
Even the NCAA’s own data suggest that only 22 major programs break even or make a profit.
In the second-tier athletic conferences, such as the 13-university Mid-American Conference (MAC), schools typically need $10-20 million annually to balance their athletic budget, increasingly met by student fees that can approach $1,000 a year.
In fact, here are my top three most euphoric feelings as a sports fan (in no particular order): Unfortunately, all three of those moments have two things in common: one, they're very recent, and two, they ultimately led to nothing.
They didn't go on a play for a potential World Series title. I felt crummy about it, called it a day, and took multiple months off of Twitter. As trivial as it may seem, folks are allowed to feel sad about sports.
Maybe it stings more than it should, I really have no idea anymore.
The highs of Milwaukee's 2018 season were so incredibly high. There's literally no rational explanation for caring this much about the results of a game played by "costumed strongboys," as a dear, dear friend of mine would say. The team last made it to the Major League Baseball playoffs in 2011.If you ask alumni of the University of Oxford, Moscow State University, the University of Tokyo, or even the nearby University of Toronto, to describe their most successful intercollegiate sports team, you likely will get blank stares.While amateur, intramural sports activities occur at campuses around the world, the U. is unique in having hugely popular, high-revenue collegiate teams.That's how sports work, especially when you're never a fan of one of the "top" teams.Chances come few and far between, and when the team you love comes close but ultimately falls short, it stings.Still, as costs rise faster than revenues, as scandals persist and grow ever more spectacular, and as multimillion-dollar coaches become ever more arrogant and plutocratic, change will likely come, probably ultimately for the good of college sports, higher education, and the nation.We’re just about to the weekend, a time when a lot of people enjoy the chance to pop open a bag of chips and a beer or a soda, and watch their favorite team or their favorite sport, or whatever game happens to be on TV. Saturday afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur lost 0-2 in the Champions League Final to Liverpool. Instances 1 & 2 happened in the same season, and as we know, the Brewers came up short in Game 7 against the Dodgers.It is not too far-fetched to say that middle-aged adults are exploiting the children under their guidance. The NCAA forces players to sign a contract in effect abrogating their labor bargaining rights.Even income earned from, say, t-shirts featuring the name and number of the athlete revert to the colleges.Second, they love the funds from television contracts and other sports commercialization of their schools -- money may trump principle.I know several ex-university presidents strongly promoting reform, but few actively serving ones.