Are Professional Sports Fair?

Formerly Cowboy Stadium now AT&T Stadium cost $1.3 billion to construct.
Formerly Cowboy Stadium now AT&T Stadium cost $1.3 billion to construct.

Daily Prompt: No Fair

Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and explain how you would rectify it.

The basic concept behind the word “sport” is fair. Are sports fair? Sure, they have rules and referees to make certain the rules are followed, but what I mean are professional sports fair to the community?

Let me state that I like sports. I follow it, but by no means do I think it is fair.

Communities are often asked to finance the construction of huge stadiums and arenas that cost hundred of millions  dollars. In those same communities schools and hospitals are in disrepair and perform badly. Community and municipal services are scant, understaffed or missing completely. Policeman, fireman, and first-responders can’t meet the demands of their communities.

The argument is that the events, such as football, generates revenue for businesses and, as an example, stadium workers.

Payton Manning is paid $15 million a year. The entire payroll for Mile High Stadium in Denver doesn’t come to that much. Is that fair?

Professional teams’ payrolls may exceed $100 million a year. A few community service commercials and swinging a hammer at Habitat for Humanity site is hardly giving back to the community. How is that fair?

All the money that is spent on attending a game will likely in some way stay in the community. If there is no professional sports, all is not lost. It just won’t go to athletes, executives, agents, advertisers, and owners.

Without droning on, you get the point.

Sure, we live in a free market economy and professional venues and salaries are regulated by what ever the market will bear, but that doesn’t make it fair.

In nearly every facet of economics competition drives the price of a commodity down.

Sports, especially on a professional level, is not based so much on fair competition as it is community pride.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18, NIV.)

The solution; just be sportsman-like.

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