I’ve had this thought for some time, now I have a venue to share it.
Sports are broken. These are games, diversions. And the men playing them are making millions a year, some making more than the total GDPs for 71 countries, according to the CIA World Factbook. The top 48 sports contracts of all time total nearly $6.5 billion.
On average these contracts are worth $230,800 per game! There is something wrong with the kids looking up to these players receiving second and third-rate educations because we cannot pay our teachers or for the books we need.
I digress, that is not what this post is about, in full. There is a problem with our sports. Players want to get those giant contracts, and rightly so. If there are billions of dollars up for grabs who wouldn’t want a part of it. Earning that big payday is related to performance. For $10 million a year for the next 10 years you might do something crazy.
Like performance enhancing drugs.
They make the big bucks because we pay to see some huge dude rip the longball 500+ feet over and over. Or rush for an inhuman amount of yards. Or basically run up the side of a mountain on a bike. Sure, chicks dig the longball. We all do. But herein lies my problem. The longball, and its equivalent in other sports, as ruining the game. It’s destroying what made us love these sports to start with. Yes, there are still competitive games that are fun to watch that aren’t homerun derbies or American Gladiator recreation on a football field. But there are less than there used to be.
So I have an answer: Split the leagues. Like I said, we all dig the longball. But I think we also enjoy seeing baseball, or football, or any sport played clean and well. So split the leagues. One for roided out jocks bashing the hell out of the ball and each other and one league for the game, pure and simple.
For the pure game, test the players every day or every game. They fail, they’re out. For the roid leagues, let them take what they want, blood dope or whatever the latest thing is. People will pay to see 34-29 run games.
I just want the honest sport back. I want the purity of what made us all fall in love with these games.
And while we’re at it, no player of a game should make more than the teachers that taught them. It is after all, just a game.