Today, professional athletes make more money than many company
owners. Not only do they make all this money, but they ask for
Being paid to play a sport is a dream in itself but I feel
that the true love for sports will be lost amongst the lawyers,
contracts and greed. I realize that athletes give up an awful
lot to entertain the fans. They give up their body, much of their
social life, and most have wives, husbands and children to take
care of. Leaving them for three quarters of a year cannot be
I don't want to take anything away from athletes, but holding
out and not even playing because they aren't receiving their
preferred paycheck is disgusting. One example is Pavel Bure,
now part of the Florida Panthers franchise, who recently played
for the Vancouver Canucks. He never played for the first part
of the National Hockey League season because of contract problems.
I feel that being able to take part in something renowned as
the NHL is something kids dream of, and these players are wasting
it because they aren't getting as much money as they want.
I'm worried that most of the rookies coming to play in either
the NHL or the National Basketball League or any other league
will act in this same manner, and the real grit and heart of
the sport will be lost. Sports players now are becoming too much
of a media event and athletes are always getting in trouble for
something. What kind of role model are they setting for young
children who idolize these figures? They are teaching kids that
it is okay to beat your children and wives, or rape women they
find while drinking downtown.
Half the world watches everything these athletes do. Morals
are being lost. A college basketball team had to eliminate three
of their top players on their team for the NCAA playoffs because
their teachers fixed the players' marks on one of their tests.
Things like this are happening every day and the world is taking
cues from this behaviour. Professional athletes are always being
put on display, and everything they do will end up on the five
o'clock news. Then why do it? Is it worth it? Because they are
always being publicised, athletes must watch what they do and
what they say. And give a little without expecting money in return.
Charging money for autographs, telling kids to "get lost,"
these things are becoming too frequent and must end. Such a stature
shouldn't be allowed to act in these ways.
Playing sports for a career is a blessing in itself. But athletes
who bitterly argue over how much money he or she should make,
or why aren't they making as much as this person are taking over
our beloved sports. The last year brought many great moments
such as the 70 home runs of Mark Maguire and a record-breaking
114 win season for the New York Yankees. Those are all good reasons
to give athletes more money. The real heart of sports fans shines
through with that tingling feeling you get inside when you watch
"Big Mac" blast his 70th home run out of the park,
or that one tear that accidentally flows out while watching Michael
Jordan's official retirement. These are the things that sports
are all about, and shouldn't be forgotten. After all, sports
are made to be fun, and that's the way they should stay.