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Should there be any professional sports?



VotesAnswer
21Yes
6I frankly don't care one bit either way.
4Yeah, it gives beer-drinking slugs something to watch on weekends.
4Yes, but athletes should not be paid so much.
3No
0Other


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cerealkiller
posted 18-Feb-2011 7:24pm  
I don't see the point of professional sports. Never have my whole life. There are better things to do in life than sitting in front of the tube watching some over-paid jocks competing with each other.
LJD
posted 18-Feb-2011 9:18pm  
It's okay I guess...it's entertainment. But, as with anything, nothing should become obsessive.
llamamama
posted 18-Feb-2011 10:06pm  
It's fun to watch people who know what they're doing.
With that being said I don't sit around watching sports.
Galomorro
posted 18-Feb-2011 10:43pm  
I don't care either way. I'm not interested in sports myself.
cloudhugger
posted 18-Feb-2011 11:09pm  
Yes. If the price is too high to attend then don't go. Watch it on the tv, read it in the paper, or talk abuot it at the water cooler. Pro sports is a necessity. I don't make enough money doing what I do, but I don't charge what I am worth. I am good enough people really ought to seek me out, I shouldn't have to go to them.
It is waht it is.
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 18-Feb-2011 11:10pm  
I could see perhaps a law that restricts public government funds from ever being used to support pro sports in any way (like no tax breaks for stadiums, etc.)
llamamama
(reply to bill) posted 19-Feb-2011 12:14am  
Yeah, but don't sports bring in a ton of money for the area?
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to llamamama) posted 19-Feb-2011 9:09am  
That's usually how it gets sold, but I've read that stadiums also bring a lot of problems (traffic, crime) too. And just the question of why the government is subsidizing something that is immensely popular and profitable for owners. I've read stories about corruption related to them as well (which isn't surprising given the amount of money involved). Another aspect of it is, would you want a new stadium built near where you live? I know I wouldn't.
LindaH
posted 19-Feb-2011 9:40am  
Anything that people would pay to see shouldn't be restricted just because some people see it as pointless.

What if some "artist" was getting paid to just sit in a chair? As long as some weirdos decide they want to waste their money to go see him sit there, he should be allowed to do that.
llamamama
(reply to bill) posted 19-Feb-2011 11:09am  
Would I want one built right next door to me? No. But, I remember a few years back they were talking about having a baseball team here..that didn't work but if I recall people were pretty excited. We're like the largest area that doesn't have a pro sports team. I think we're the minor league capital of the world. With that being said, we do have a baseball stadium, a place to play hockey, and we had a soccer field (not sure if we still do seeing as how we no longer have the soccer team). I don't think that stuff causes a lot of crime. The hockey rink is also used for concerts and stuff (which if I recall, concert halls and all of that can also increase crime). Now, I don't hang out around those areas..but they don't seem particularly bad. Maybe they are, but I think if they were too bad no one would ever want to see the teams play.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 19-Feb-2011 12:26pm  
Sure, but athletes shouldn't be paid so much. I understand that they have shorter careers than many others, and that they often have to work really hard, but why do they need to make such huge amounts of money?
bill Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to llamamama) posted 19-Feb-2011 12:42pm  
I'm biased because I'm not into sports. But, you're right, it's not all bad and it's not just sports that stadiums are used for. I've been to some great concerts at a stadium that was built for football.
FoxyGEEZER
posted 19-Feb-2011 2:19pm  
If there wasn't any professional sports then jerks like you wouldn't have anything to dog about.
JessicaWoman99
posted 19-Feb-2011 2:46pm  
Yes sports is good
JessicaWoman99
(reply to llamamama) posted 19-Feb-2011 2:47pm  
> Yeah, but don't sports bring in a ton of money for the area?

Yes sports brings in the big bucks and big spenders and good for the economy
llamamama
(reply to bill) posted 19-Feb-2011 3:57pm  
I like sports. I mean, I'm not a fanatic like some people..but I enjoy the occasional game. I do prefer playing though.
Iseult
posted 19-Feb-2011 6:22pm  
Yes.
southernyankee
posted 19-Feb-2011 7:09pm  
Yes, just like there should be professional everything (thats legal, and some non-legal things). If certain people are really good at something, they should be able to make money doing it.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 20-Feb-2011 8:24am  
of course there will be professional sports because large numbers of humans are willing to pay to go. if no one went or no one watched on tv then there would be a demise of professional sports!!! not gonna happen, we are sheep and believe what we are fed on tv and the like!
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to JessicaWoman99) posted 20-Feb-2011 8:35am  
> |> Yeah, but don't sports bring in a ton of money for the area?
>
> Yes sports brings in the big bucks and big spenders and good for the
> economy

i think you would have many people who disagree with this. we have a stadium and paid to bring a professional team here. the city could have put that money in an interest earning account and would have made more money over 10-20 yrs than they will from this team. the city pays for everything that needs to be done to the stadium but the owner has full say as to what we can and can't do with the stadium. the second year i lived here U2 came and played at the stadium but the grass was messed up from the stage............. was repaired by the city but the owner said no more stadium concerts and so now the stadium is only used for games. the city makes no other money from the stadium. the city hires and runs the concessions but the owner takes a cut. all of the traffic and problems in and out of stadium are handled by the local police at a cost to the city, etc etc etc...... there are positives and negatives to having professional teams. the city shoulders the brunt of the cost and the profits go to the owners. i guess you have to decide if the rest of whatever is brought to the city is worth it!!

jettles Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 20-Feb-2011 8:43am  
> Sure, but athletes shouldn't be paid so much. I understand that they
> have shorter careers than many others, and that they often have to
> work really hard, but why do they need to make such huge amounts of
> money?

athletes are paid so much because the owners deem they are worth that much! it doesn't have anything to do with anything else! this just shows you how much money the owners are making!! if the owners weren't making that much the players wouldn't get paid that much. if people stopped going or watching and then advertisers backed out and then tv backed out because the advertising wasn't there then the salaries would go down!!! if people stopped going after a strike, like they always say they will....... the salaries would go down! the NFL is going to strike this coming year....... after the strike, people will flock back............. it's crazy!
i have to say, if my boss was willing to pay me a couple of million a year, i'd take it!! but my job doesn't work that way.
it's supply and demand......... the best players bring in the fans, advertisers and tv money so the owners are willing to pay!

rustygirl50
posted 20-Feb-2011 11:45am  
Yes>Nascar
Gomezy3k
posted 20-Feb-2011 12:18pm  
No... athletes are over paid for doing what they do... Now if the losing team was beheaded in a mass sacrifice then yeah sports might be interesting...
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to jettles) posted 20-Feb-2011 12:43pm  
I know, but it bugs me that it's such a huge money-making industry. I realize that it's just capitalism at work, but it seems unjust to me that the owners and players can make that much off it. It bugs me that anyone can make that much money when there are people who make so little, and when there are people who do work that's so much more important but that clearly isn't valued as highly.
LindaH
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 20-Feb-2011 1:48pm  
Well, if scrubbing toilets was more amusing to watch, maybe janitors would get paid more.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 20-Feb-2011 2:31pm  
i agree, but my point was that WE as the public support it........maybe not you and i but a huge portion of the public may complain but they are back there for every game!!! the public could turn it around but they seem not to care enough to give it up!
i agree with you completely!!!
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 21-Feb-2011 1:03pm  
I don't see any reason why not. Nurses and teachers don't get paid so little because a minority of sports people get paid so much - as long as they're paying the correct taxes, then they can earn whatever their employers want to pay them...
CarlHalling
posted 21-Feb-2011 2:21pm  
Yes of course. There's massive international demand for the skills of sports persons; who are supplying a highly exclusive service; and this explains the vast amounts of money they are paid. It's business.
gambler
posted 22-Feb-2011 9:18am  
Yeah I guess ......... They do bring in alot of money sure there is a downside but if you look how much Michael Jordan bought into Chicago........ Part of the justification for the high salaries is that careers especially football ones are notoriously short, what is it 5 years? and maybe 7-8 for a Quarterback because he gets hit less? it is such a violent game
JessicaWoman99
(reply to jettles) posted 22-Feb-2011 1:16pm  
> |> |> Yeah, but don't sports bring in a ton of money for the
> area?
> |>
> |> Yes sports brings in the big bucks and big spenders and good
> for the
> |> economy
>
> i think you would have many people who disagree with this. we have
> a stadium and paid to bring a professional team here. the city could
> have put that money in an interest earning account and would have
> made more money over 10-20 yrs than they will from this team. the
> city pays for everything that needs to be done to the stadium but
> the owner has full say as to what we can and can't do with the stadium.
> the second year i lived here U2 came and played at the stadium but
> the grass was messed up from the stage............. was repaired
> by the city but the owner said no more stadium concerts and so now
> the stadium is only used for games. the city makes no other money
> from the stadium. the city hires and runs the concessions but the
> owner takes a cut. all of the traffic and problems in and out of
> stadium are handled by the local police at a cost to the city, etc
> etc etc...... there are positives and negatives to having professional
> teams. the city shoulders the brunt of the cost and the profits go
> to the owners. i guess you have to decide if the rest of whatever
> is brought to the city is worth it!!
>
>

Yes I see what you are saying Jettles this is a good one and something I never thought of
MacmacDuran
posted 28-Feb-2011 9:44pm  
Yes. It is one of the many things that the U.S. does better than everyone, anywhere on the planet. :whining from the back of the room: except for soccer! Yeah except for footsie ball.
Liss
posted 16-Mar-2011 5:14pm  
smiley:::wry smile
Irene007
posted 1-Apr-2011 10:35am  
Yes with less pay. Then maybe we'd have real home teams.
Irene007
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 1-Apr-2011 10:42am  
> I know, but it bugs me that it's such a huge money-making industry.
> I realize that it's just capitalism at work, but it seems unjust to
> me that the owners and players can make that much off it. It bugs
> me that anyone can make that much money when there are people who
> make so little, and when there are people who do work that's so much
> more important but that clearly isn't valued as highly.

Yes and with less money - we'd have real home teams because not that many people would want to uproot their family for a job they can do at home!
Irene007
(reply to LindaH) posted 1-Apr-2011 10:45am  
I just posted this and... Ah! I get it Lindah!
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Irene007) posted 1-Apr-2011 12:12pm  
Maybe. Although people are willing to move for jobs that pay just regular salaries--if the team in your town isn't hiring but another one is, you go where the job is. I imagine there would be more locals, but not necessarily all of the team would be.
Irene007
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 1-Apr-2011 1:04pm  
To have real home teams; a rule could be set that you have to reside a minimum of 2 years in the town you want play. In 2 yrs you get to know the community and become part of it. Yeah... I like that! I wish we had teams like in the days my Daddy commandeered the television once a week. It bugged the hell out of us but looking back, there was only one hockey night on TV, the playoffs didn't go into late spring and people really rooted for their teams. My father didn't watch hockey in later years.... He ignored it even, didn't give a hoot. I can't blame him, after viewing legends the likes of Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, it all pales by comparison. They made a movie of his life - great flick! Here's the trailer; it shows the passion of the time. Montreal went into a riot when he was wrongfully penalized! People really cared for their team, it was their people...
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Irene007) posted 2-Apr-2011 1:29pm  
I guess I just don't care enough about sports!
Irene007
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 3-Apr-2011 2:25pm  
I don't either but I might if I had a real home team! smiley:::smile
they Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 15-May-2011 4:01pm  
check What the fudge should I care?

Are we seriously trying to decide if people should be allowed to play sports for money? Questions like this cause me to worry about the direction society is taking.
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