Have sports became more about making money than playing well?
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The essence of sport is base
True, sports have has an increase on the profits and sponsorship but that ios part of the normal evolution of any activity and it's not alarming, However, we think that those few athletes that gain those huge profits are those athletes that before that have had great sporting results. Those arthletes that have huge contracts have been those with great results during the last decade (such as Tiger Woods or Michael Schucmacher). To think profit comes before results is false.
What's been said is partially true but some points have not been considered. For example, English footballers get paid so much and then they perform appalling in the World Cup; the biggest stage of football. In contrast, one of the best English player's wages summed up to the entire Germany squad's wages. this epitomises my point that football has become more about the money than playing well!!
Furthermore, the English squad automatically become cocky and think they are too good because they have got money. If the English team got paid like the Germany squad did, I know that they would have got further than they did. The justification of this is if you have lower wages, you work harder when you play football. With lower wages, different factors come into consideration. Paying the mortgage! Paying bills! Providing for your family! Buying luxurious items! Increasing your standard of living! Respecting your manager so he pays you more.
Overall, sports in general haven't become more about making money than playing well. However, football definitely is more about making money than playing to your ability!
Need to play well to get the money
While sports may be increasingly about money they still are as much about playing well. Sports fans know what their sport looks like when it is played well and if the level of skill involved in playing was declining they would probably pay less attention and so spend less money on the sport. Money therefore acts as an insentive to keep standards of play as high as possible. It is due to this that we begin to have immense amounts of money going around to buy the best players in many sports.
What do you think?