Competition or entertainment: What do we really want?

Maine Campus - 02-04

Idolatry and superstardom will always be an inescapable factor in the realm of professional athletics, especially in the United States. There will always be Babe Ruths, Michael Jordans and Tom Bradys. These idols stand as models of talent and work ethic as well as entry points into sports and athletics through which passion and community can bloom. Sports have an amazing unifying effect, where millions of people can experience the same victories and defeats all at the same time. Unfortunately, the stars that seduce fans into the world of national sports leagues are having a negative effect on the teams that compete in them, and thus the quality of the sports themselves.