Here I lay parked and engraved into my leather sofa staring at my life ticking away into an idiot-box. With nothing encompassing my mind but the blatant sound of 50,000 screaming fans. Shown in high -definition broadcasted on fifteen different channels, is the brainless excuse of modern day entertainment also referred to as professional sports. May it be cruel fate or an act of some clown in the front office, it seems in our modern society, people have been placing the spotlight and funding professional sports rather than other more notable and respectable professionals. To be blunt, it simply seems unjust for our society to place more focus on grown men beating each other with their bodies than other much more practical uses of the funding. Only in our North American society does “Bob” the high school drop-out with an IQ that rivals that of an average goldfish get more funding for shooting a ball in a hoop or swinging a stick than any charity, occupation or cause. As obvious as it seems, our society still places much more emphasis and money on professional sports, with absolutely no justifications of why, we as the general public are left shaking our heads at this moronic gesture. Secondly the fact that they make so much money tends to drive young people to the wrong idea, “don’t like school go play ball”. For all those who are still unsure what to think, in terms of athletes getting overpaid. Or perhaps the overfunding our governments are throwing in the athletic department. Here is a three lettered word that’s diction is even comprehendible to that of a professional athlete; yes
I think it is plain to see that our world but more specifically the US spends too much money on athletic funding. Furthermore as earlier mentioned the wages of professional sports have become ludicrous to the point where the new generation has been misled to the true path that lies ahead. Society gives off the image that one could lack academics and live a life of luxury through professional sports. Not to burst the bubble on the future generation of McDonald employees. But with such funding and pay, professional sports provide nothing but a false scene of hope. Nothing like the North American formula of success (sports=rich)… right? But out with all the biased jargon and crude opinionated based comments, fact is fact. The top athletic programs in universities all have their own football fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts and other expenses, as mentioned an average varsity team based college spends 70 million dollars a year on athletics. Nothing showcases the money wasted on athletics more than the NCAA. The NCAA is the epitome of money being wasted; the top ten schools have been reported to spend the follow amounts on their athletic program. (stat-USA 2009)
Michigan – $7.1 billion Northwestern – $6.5 billion Minnesota – $2.8 billion Ohio State – $2.3 billion Purdue – $1.8 billion Penn State – $1.6 billion Wisconsin – $1.6 billion Indiana – $1.6 billion Illinois – $1.5 billion Michigan State – $1.2 billion Iowa – $1.0 billion
While it is every kid’s dream to one day lace-them up with their once idols, one must question the extent of funds that are being handed to athletics. With the chances of 3000 roster spots given to 6 billion people in the world that leaves a 0.00005 chance of ever making it big in the world of sports. It sure sounds amazing to be making 7, 8, or even 9 digit figures playing the game we loved as a kid, nothing sounds better than dropping out of high school and living our your dreams as a pro-athlete. But the reality is, you’re probably going to end up flipping burgers at the local burger joint. Listen to you parents on this one kids, stay in school. If you choose to disregard this article chances are you would need this. It’s one things to shoot for the stars but just make sure you don’t land on your face.