No matter how well the methods of a business are working in the present, the best organizations embrace change and learn to evolve in anticipation of the future. A professional sports league like the NFL is no different.
When you have a professional career, you are to be treated like an adult and are therefore expected to act like an adult. One component of this is self-advocacy. Another is honesty. It seems Martin has not demonstrated either.
Unfortunately, the good guys on small teams quickly get swallowed up by the jaws of New York or Los Angeles. Stars from small-market clubs can stay under the radar for a little while, but better on-field performance warrants more attention, which usually results in blockbuster deals from the wealthiest teams.
In a sport marred in controversy and fallen idols, Rivera has stood the test of time because his genuine kindness and impeccable professionalism stood taller than even his record-shattering production on the field.
As Grantland columnist RanyJazayerli discussed in his column, “Abolish the MLB Draft!,” the MLB draft is fundamentally unfair and doesn’t reward the most talented players for their dedication and skill.
For the first Super Bowl in 1967, the face value of the most expensive ticket was $12. Since then, it has risen by astronomical proportions, reflecting the rising popularity of the sport. By 1984, the price had climbed to $60. By 2003, it had hit $400. Last year, $1,200 was the high mark.
The NFL uses the Personal Conduct Policy to calm critical voices and keep the focus off the league’s troubled players because, in ways similar to how individual teams care about winning more than their players’ morality, the league cares more about the business’ product than the employees’ morality.
For at least one night, we were reminded that there are things much greater than a sports game or playoff run that deserve our attention. When you compare a sports game to moments as tragically powerful as those we read about on Monday, the game really does seem like just a game.
The injury risk is not limited to the professional or collegiate level, either, as a study from Purdue University reported that every season, between 43,000 and 67,000 high school players suffer from concussions. Furthermore, many concussions go unreported, meaning the number may exceed 100,000 players every year.
College athletics are no longer the innocent amateur institutions they once were, but the focus should still be on being a student first, and therefore a positive member of one’s academic community; if the NCAA were to abandon this principle, what would be the point of having college sports teams at all?
If you’re even a casual pro basketball fan, you’re aware that the Miami Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh probably dive more than any other American superstar athletes save Michael Phelps.
The atmosphere inside was surreal. Walking through those doors felt like being teleported back home to upstate New York. For the first time in my four years at Georgetown, my bright blue Bills t-shirt did not seem out of place.
The NCAA should adopt the rule followed by Olympic athletes that stipulates that athletes are not paid for their participation, but can make money off their own name through endorsements, autograph signings and other activities.
The real issue with PEDs is that they are dangerous; instead of rallying against the “tainted” advantages that PEDs bestow upon athletes in an effort to teach kids about ethics, we should be focusing on the negative side effects that make PEDs bad, such as liver damage, aggressive behavior, depression and – most importantly – stunted growth when used by kids.
After tearing ligaments in his knee last January, RGIII will be back on the field just in time for the biggest stage of the regular season — Monday night football. D.C. fans breathed a collective sigh of relief, as their quarterback’s return is coming not a moment too soon.
CNN’s decision to cut away from the speech, especially when they could have easily replayed the press conference when Obama’s speech was over, reflects the utter hypocrisy of the media and the American people, as well as the distorted priorities of our political and sports media sources.
It seems strange to criticize a professional sports league that generated $7.5 billion in revenue in 2012 and projects $9 billion by 2014. After all, Major League Baseball’s second richest team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently sold for an astronomical $2.