Professional Athletes

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America is what many would consider a sports crazy place. If you are as big of a sports fan as myself you would know that during the calendar year there is only a 4-day stretch in which no major sports are played, and during this time ESPN hosts their annual sports awards show. It’s obvious to the world that we Americans take our sports very seriously. However, the only thing more famous than the sports teams themselves would be the athletes who get paid millions of dollars a year to play for them. It seems like everyday the media is reporting another mega contract that takes over the last one as the richest in sports history. Many of these superstars are making 30 million plus a year. What is even crazier is that many of these athletes go …show more content…
From personal experience during times like high school, our best athletes always seemed to be treated a little better than everyone else. They were viewed as stars at a young age. Always getting preferential treatment and being told how great they were day in day out. This then transfers over as these athletes get full rides to big time schools to play college sports. Like professional sports, when collegiate athletes get in trouble with the law, it too ends up on the front page of many websites and newspapers around the country. The big question of this whole analysis is what makes many of these athletes turn to crime even with all of there success on the field and the love they receive off it? I believe you must look back to where these athletes came from. Many of these athletes grew up in low income neighborhoods. Where even thought they found an outlet in sports that kept them out of trouble, they viewed crime and the lengths people went to survive on a daily basis. Based off everything we have learned in our class this semester and what is discussed in the textbook, for those athletes that come from impoverished areas social learning theory is what causes these successful individuals to partake in illegal activity. According to our textbook written by …show more content…
Whether it be football, baseball basketball, etc... These kids can respond with this answer for numerous reasons but they all are fully aware of the fame and fortune that comes with being a professional athlete. Now fame and fortune bring up an interesting idea about our country. It seems as if our country has an unhealthy relationship when it comes to money and being famous. This unhealthy relationship is shown perfectly by many professional athletes and leads me to the theory that I feel is the most prevalent when it comes to these superstars. The Anomie Theory according to our book (2014), is when a person pursues monetary success and does so disregarding the ways they go about it (Cullen, Agnew, Wilcox, Pg. 166, 2014). In many low income neighborhoods sports are used as a way to keep kids out of trouble. It is said that coaches use sports to show kids they can make a great life for themselves without having to commit crimes to do so. This is backed up by an article written by Rold Schwery and Daniel Cade which states (2009), that over the last few decades’ sports have been used to prevent violence and cure the general publics need for money and fame also known as anomie (Schwery & Cade, 2009). I do agree that for many athlete’s sports have been that outlet that has saved them from a life of gang banging. However, this article

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