Let’s Get Sporty

Chadron State College has various NCAA and intramural sports to get involved in. Students enjoy the competition of Division II sports such as football, girls volleyball, softball, wrestling, girls and boys basketball, girls golf, and girls and boys cross country. Chadron State also has many sports clubs and intramural sports for athletes who love the sport but don’t necessarily want to get involved in the high-end competition of NCAA sports. Just to name a few, CSC offers rodeo, intramural flag football, basketball, and many others.

If CSC were to add another NCAA sport, there are many factors that would play into the final decision of what sport to add. These factors include revenue, cost effectiveness, popularity, and available equipment and facilities. In my opinion, there are many options for what CSC could consider as a new sport to add. The best ones to consider would be tennis, baseball, or soccer. I based these “best” options on the consideration factors I mentioned earlier.

Tennis could be added as a girls’ and boys’ sport. Chadron already has three tennis courts that could be used for practice. The only problem with those three tennis courts is that they do not provide an area for spectators to watch a tennis match. This would deter fans from coming and watching if Chadron were to host a competition, thus decreasing revenue significantly. The cost effectiveness of tennis, though, would be satisfactory because the tennis players would purchase their own rackets. The college would just need to buy the uniforms.

Baseball would be added as a boys’ sport. Baseball would attract many spectators and thus bringing in a good amount of revenue. However, the cost of adding baseball would be quite expensive because the college would need to build a baseball facility and and would need to buy uniforms. The baseball facility would be quite expensive, which makes the cost effectiveness less than desirable.

Soccer would be a great addition to the sports offered by CSC because it is cost effective, popular, and it doesn’t require extensive facilities. CSC already has many adequate fields that could be used for soccer practice and competitions. The only thing that would need to be added is more bleachers for spectators to sit during competitions. CSC would also need to add goal nets, but those are fairly inexpensive. Soccer is already a popular sport here at CSC with many students getting involved in the soccer club. Soccer would also bring in a solid amount of spectators and therefore bring in a solid amount of revenue.

http://www.csc.edu/athletics/

 

Gambling on the Future of Fantasy Sports

There has been some recent controversy on whether fantasy sports, specifically the daily kind, should be made illegal. Many people are saying that DFS fall under the gambling category. Millions of sports fans participate in the billion dollar industry that is dominated by DraftKings and FanDuel. The fans want to keep their fantasy sports alive. Law experts say otherwise.

In my opinion, fantasy sports have, in a way, gone under the radar for quite some time. There was a law passed in 2006 called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This law prohibits gambling businesses from accepting electronic payments in connection with a bet or wager. Fantasy sports are excused from this law if they meet certain criteria. These criteria are

  1. Payouts are made clear to users before the game takes place, and the number of users does not determine the payout.
  2. Winning reflects “the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly” by the accumulated statistics of individuals across multiple sporting events.
  3. Users cannot win prizes as a result of the performance of a team as a whole (say, the entire San Diego Chargers), the outcome of a game, or the performance of a “single” individual athlete.

Daily fantasy sports do NOT rely solely on the skill or knowledge of the participants. There is a great degree of chance involved in the game, as well. Because chance has a huge play in fantasy sports and money os involved, it is gambling. Therefore, DFS do not elude these 3 criteria.

In my opinion, fantasy sports should be perfectly legal, but only in states where gambling is legal. Since fantasy sports involve the betting of money and a great deal of chance, not all skill, they definitely count as gambling. Therefore, only states that legally allow gambling should allow DFS to be played.

My resources

http://www.sbnation.com/2015/11/24/9791608/draftkings-fanduel-daily-fantasy-sports-lawsuit-new-york-internet-gambling

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/10/economist-explains-11

NBA & NFL College Requirement

In my opinion, college should not be a requirement for athletes to be drafted into the NFL or NBA. There are two main reasons why I believe this. The first reason is because I do not think that athletes who clearly have a career made in professional sports, whether it be in the NBA or NFL, should have to waste money on a college education that they will not use. Athletes who are destined for a career in professional sports should not be required to go take classes they don’t want to take or spend money on classes they won’t need later on in life. Then comes the argument about making money later on in life if the athlete decides to end his career with the NBA or NFL. If that athletes makes a smart decision with his money, he will have plenty of retirement money set up to live on. Professional athletes make more money in one year than many of us will ever make in our entire lives. Kobe Bryant’s rookie contract was worth $3.5 million. That in itself is enough money to live off of and to start a solid retirement fund.

The second big reasons why I believe that college should not be a requirement for NBA or NFL destined athletes is because the risk of suffering an injury that could end an athlete’s career is just too high. Take Tyrone Protho, former Alabama wide receiver, for example. He was destined to make a career in the NFL but while playing a game against the Florida Gators, he suffered a horrific leg injury that ended his career right then an there, before it even really started. Imagine how successful he would have been if he could have avoided that situation completely and gone straight onto the NFL. Yes, there is definitely the possibility of getting injured in a professional game, too, but then the athletes are already getting paid and have established their career. Playing in college presents way too high of a risk of getting injured before a great athlete’s career can ever really start.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-kobe-bryant-earnings-20131126-story.html

http://www.outkickthecoverage.com/why-do-football-and-basketball-players-have-to-go-to-college-061214

 

There’s No Place for PED Users in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Performance enhancing drugs have been around for quite some time and they have definitely made their mark on the world of sports, baseball being one of them. When it comes to the Hall of Fame, however, in my opinion, the Hall of Fame should be unmarred by players who chose to use performance enhancing drugs.Yes, there are players currently in the Hall of Fame who have used PEDs. But, there are currently players who have been nominated to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but they are being held back from officially being inducted for the reason of PED use.

This brings me to my first argument. PEDs were not as serious of a deal back in the day. Today, they have become much more prominent of an issue and the ban is being enforced much more heavily. Random urine tests doubled in the 2014 season and punishments for positive tests results have become more severe.  Because the anti-doping agencies are becoming more serious about the issue, I believe the Hall of Fame should, too.

I also believe that PED users should not be inducted into the Hall of Fame because whether they like it or not, they serve as role models for our nations youth and aspiring athletes. Our nations young athletes look up to professional players and want to be them some day.  How horrible would  it be for these young athletes to look up to someone who got inducted into the Hall of Fame but is a user of PEDs? In other words, look up to someone who cheated and got inducted. We don’t want our athletes of the future to think it’s a good thing to cheat and make it big time.

My sources:

MLB, MLBPA announce stronger testing, harsher penalties for PEDs

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2009/07/21/baseball-great-jim-bunning-steroid-users-have-no-place-in-hall-of-fame